If you are convicted of possession or distribution of child pornography, you will not only face a lengthy prison term, but you will also be forced to register as a sex offender for the rest of your life. Even the accusation of such crimes can ruin your reputation and may ruin your relationships with neighbors, friends, family members and business associates. This is why it is so important to speak with a top San Diego child pornography defense attorney as soon as possible.
Possession or distribution of child porn can be prosecuted in either state or federal court. Distribution can mean emailing or sharing with other individuals child pornography. There is no requirement you sell the material for you to be guilty of distribution.
Police and prosecutors often try to convince those accused of owning or distributing child pornography that they will be found guilty and their best option is to negotiate a plea bargain. While plea bargains are sometimes beneficial, other cases can be successfully fought. Never discuss such an agreement without having your San Diego child porn defense lawyer present. Even if you are going to seek a plea bargain, your attorney can help make sure you receive the best possible offer for your specific situation.
Remember, the prosecution must prove you guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, which is why they will collect all the evidence they can to make their case against you as strong as possible. A San Diego criminal attorney with experience defending those accused of child pornography possession and distribution can ensure that any searches of your property, including digital files on your cell phone or computer, are performed within the scope of the law. If your rights are violated during a search, your lawyer may be able to have that evidence withheld from the trial.
Additionally, if the case goes to trial, your San Diego defense lawyer can remind the jury that your IP address alone is not enough to convict you of a computer crime as it is all too common for people to share IP addresses. Beyond that, even if the illegal material was found on your computer, it does not necessarily mean you were the one who downloaded it or that you even knew it was there. Guest users and viruses can download files without the owner of the device’s knowledge.
Computer-related crimes are extremely complex and you should only fight these charges with a knowledgeable computer crimes defense attorney in San Diego with a proven track record of fighting these charges. If you have been accused of any crime related to child pornography, San Diego attorney Peter M. Liss can help defend you. Please call (760) 643-4050 or (858) 486-3024 to schedule a free initial consultation.
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