Federal Child Pornography Crimes

It is not uncommon to see local police shift child pornography cases from local courts to federal courts, where the penalties are more serious and the rules of evidence and standards of proof are favorable for the government. To level the playing field, you will need an experienced defense lawyer who understands the federal court system.

Many people learn about the federal investigation into child pornography charges when a search warrant is served at their home or place of business.

If you are served with a search warrant, it is important not to make any statements about the case until after you have retained an experienced federal criminal defense attorney.

Attorney for Child Pornography Federal Crimes in Baltimore, MD

My name is Jim Crawford. For the past 18 years, I have defended people in Baltimore, Catonsville, Annapolis, Bel Air and throughout Maryland who have been charged with sex crimes in federal court. I offer a free and confidential consultation to discuss your case.

Call 443-709-9999 today.


Child Pornography Crimes Prosecuted in Maryland’s Federal Courts

Federal sentencing guidelines use the number of images, how you acquired those images, and what you did the images, when determining the sentencing guidelines to be used in your case after a conviction:

  • For possession, distribution, and receipt of child porn images: five to 20 years in federal prison
  • For importation of child pornography: up to 10 years in federal prison
  • For production of child pornography: 15 to 30 years in federal prison
  • For selling or buying children for sexual exploitation: 30 years to life in federal prison

Some judges in Baltimore, Maryland, feel that the current sentencing guidelines are too severe and that some defendants may be better served by treatment rather than prison. The early involvement of an attorney may help to keep your case out of the federal court system and help you fight for the best possible case after formal charges are filed.


Sex Crimes in Prosecuted in Federal Court

Under Federal Rule of Evidence (FRE) 404(b), evidence of a crime, wrong, or other act is not admissible to prove a person’s character in order to show that on a particular occasion the person acted in accordance with the alleged character (often called “propensity evidence.” Evidence of prior bad acts may be used for other purposes, however, such as proving motive, opportunity, intent, preparation, plan, knowledge, identity, absence of mistake, or lack of accident.

As part of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, Congress passed FRE 413 and 414. Under FRE 413, in a criminal case in federal court in which a defendant is accused of a sexual assault, as defined under the rule, a court may admit evidence that the defendant committed any other sexual assault. The evidence of a prior sexual assault may be considered on any matter to which it is relevant.

Under FRE 414, in a criminal case in which the defendant is accused of child molestation, as defined under the rule, a court may admit evidence that the defendant committed any other child molestation.


Finding a Federal Criminal Defense Attorney in Baltimore, MD

To protect your future, contact me, federal criminal defense attorney Jim Crawford, before you talk to police or anyone else. I am available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. To contact me, call 443-709-9999.

The federal criminal defense attorneys in Baltimore, MD, at James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates represent clients in at the courthouse in Baltimore and Greenbelt, MD, after federal investigations for child pornography and other sexually motivated crimes.