Child Pornography Attorney

child pornography attorneyIf you or a loved one is facing criminal charges, you should immediately contact a Baltimore child pornography attorney. Child pornography cases are complicated and require extensive knowledge about the interpretation of electronic data and state and federal laws. At James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates, we have extensive experience handling child pornography defense and will give you compassionate and aggressive representation.

Understanding Child Pornography Laws

Federal law defines child pornography as any sexually explicit depiction of someone under the age of 18. This includes photographs, videos, and sexting. Importantly, even though Maryland’s age of consent is typically 16 years old, you still cannot produce, possess, or distribute sexual content involving someone under 18 years old. And, sexually suggestive images (such as those involving nudity)  are illegal even if they do not involve actual sexual activity.

Under both federal and Maryland laws, you might face child pornography charges if you:

  • Allow a child to participate in pornography,
  • Distribute or create child pornography,
  • Possess sexually suggestive images of a child, or
  • Solicit child porn.

Federal and state authorities aggressively enforce child pornography laws. Under most circumstances, this aggressive enforcement is understandable. Child pornography is a form of child sexual abuse. It exploits children and causes irreparable harm. And, the Internet makes the distribution and possession of child pornography remarkably easy. However, many people are unfairly caught up in enforcement actions.

Defenses to Child Pornography Charges

Too often, people charged with child pornography made a mistake. For example:

  • You might not have realized that you were opening a file containing child pornography until it was too late.
  • Your teenage child might have shared nude photos of an under-18 boyfriend or girlfriend (which is legally considered the distribution of child pornography).
  • Your computer was accessed by other people (such as a friend, relative, or hacker), who viewed or stored child pornography without your knowledge.

Regardless of your circumstances, you need and deserve aggressive legal representation. At James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates, we firmly believe in everyone’s constitutional rights and provide judgment-free and skilled legal representation to Baltimore area residents.

When we craft a child pornography defense, a child pornography attorney will carefully analyze your case and the evidence. Your defenses might include the following:

  • Innocence,
  • Insufficient evidence to prove the prosecutor’s case,
  • Lack of criminal intent, such as:
    • When you accidentally download an illegal file but immediately delete it, or
    • Were unaware that the image was child pornography,
  • Problems with how law enforcement collected electronic evidence, and
  • Violations of your constitutional rights (especially search and seizure rights).

Penalties for a Child Pornography Conviction

Penalties for child pornography reflect the serious nature of the crime. You might face up to 40 years in federal prison and significant fines. Maryland’s penalties include the following:

  • Distribution, possession, or solicitation with intent to distribute child porn: ten years and a $25,000 fine per offense,
  • Solicitation of child pornography: up to one year and $1,000 per offense, and
  • Possession: at least one year and $1,000 per offense.

If prosecutors discover multiple images or multiple requests for child pornography on your hard drive, smartphone, or other electronic devices, you could face multiple counts and increased jail time. And, penalties automatically increase for repeat offenders. After a conviction, you will also lose your right to possess firearms and cannot vote while incarcerated.

Additionally, a child pornography conviction might result in lifetime registration on Maryland’s sex offender registry. Sex offender registration involves the following:

  • Reporting to the authorities every three to six months, and
  • Sharing your photograph and identifying information (including your home address, workplace, and type of vehicle) in a public database.

Registered sex offenders are frequently harassed and isolated by their communities — even if they committed non-violent crimes. For this reason, it’s imperative that you and your child pornography attorney build a strong defense to these charges.

How to Find an Experienced Child Pornography Attorney

When you facing child pornography charges, you need a knowledgeable, experienced, and aggressive child pornography attorney by your side. Child porn convictions carry serious penalties and a lifetime of social stigma. Before you hire a child pornography attorney, you should ask him or her about his or her:

  • Experience handling both state and federal child pornography cases,
  • Technical and legal knowledge, including how to:
    • Assess your search terms, frequency of use, and other factors that impact your case,
    • Analyze and interpret electronic evidence, and
    • Hire and cross-examine forensic experts,
  • Familiarity with the investigative techniques law enforcement officials use in a child porn case,
  • Willingness to listen to your side of the story and treat you with respect,
  • Ability to educate you about your legal rights and options.

At James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates, we have handled hundreds of Maryland child pornography cases. We have successfully helped our clients avoid and reduce their criminal penalties. And, we treat all of our clients with respect and courtesy.

Discuss Your Case With a Child Pornography Attorney Today

A child pornography attorney understands how frightened and isolated you feel during a child porn investigation. However, rather than retreat, you need to fight. At James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates, we will work with you to construct the best possible defenses in your case. And, we will provide compassionate and accurate advice that helps you make the best possible decisions for you and your family. Contact us for a free and confidential evaluation today.