As a Palm Beach Gardens child pornography defense lawyer, I have more than 29 years of experience in the criminal justice system. Having worked for five years as a state prosecutor, I handled child pornography prosecutions among many other sex crime cases. I now use my knowledge to develop strong defense strategies on behalf of my clients. A Florida child pornography charge is serious, encompassing any images depicting a child under the age of 18 engaged in sexual conduct. This crime is commonly filed against family members, family friends or those with authority over a child, such as clergymen or educators. Accordingly, the potential penalties may not only be legal, but can also affect your personal relationships.Defenses to Child Pornography Charges in Florida
It can be very intimidating to be investigated or charged with child pornography. Law enforcement officers may come to your door either with a search warrant or to get you to answer their questions. Your first instinct may be to try to explain what's happening so that the police leave you alone. However, any admissions you make can be used against you. To get the strongest possible defense, it is important not to answer questions and to retain a defense attorney as soon as you know you are being investigated.
One common defense in child pornography trials resulting from a sting operation is entrapment. "Entrapment" applies when you are able to argue that law enforcement got you to do something you otherwise would not have done. For example, some law enforcement officers work undercover, misrepresenting themselves in chat rooms or on social media as underage boys and girls. In order to be successful with this type of defense, your attorney will have to show you acted as you did because of the entrapment.
Another possible defense may be raised if more than one person had access to a computer used to view or possess child pornography. It can be difficult for the government to prove who was actually at the computer committing the acts related to child pornography.Penalties for a Child Pornography Conviction
The state of Florida metes out harsh punishments to anyone who distributes, manufactures, transmits, or has possession of child pornography. All people convicted of child pornography or related sex crimes charge like child molestation or statutory rape must also register in the Florida Sex Offender Database.
Third degree felony charges may result from viewing, controlling, or possessing child pornography. Incarceration for up to five years and fines not to exceed $5,000 may be imposed. An individual charged with producing or promoting child pornography may be sentenced up to 15 years in prison and fined up to $10,000. Repeat offenders face more severe punishments.Protect Your Rights and Your Reputation
As a knowledgeable Palm Beach Gardens child pornography defense attorney, I will use my prior experience as a prosecutor to build a strong defense on your behalf. I serve clients in two offices, one located in Palm Beach Gardens, near I-97 and PGA Boulevard, and the other in West Palm Beach. I accept credit cards. To schedule a free initial consultation with me to discuss child pornography accusations or any other criminal charges, call 561-533-1221 or contact me through my online form.