Eastern North Carolina Child Porn Defense Lawyer
Clicking on the wrong link while surfing the Internet can bring up images that, once viewed, remain on your hard disk drive even after they are erased. Possession of child pornography is a crime in both state and federal court. It is more often charged as a federal offense, which is punishable by a minimum of five years in prison, even for a first offense.
I am criminal defense attorney Keith Williams. I have dedicated my Greenville law practice to defending people who are charged with serious crimes in eastern North Carolina, including possession of child pornography.
I authored a chapter in the book Litigation Strategies for Internet Pornography Cases: Leading Lawyers on Understanding How Pornography Crimes Are Committed, Detected and Defended, published in 2012 and available here. The chapter is about practical approaches to child porn cases as well as helping clients deal with the public's zeal to see punishment at any cost.
Dealing With Internet Sex Crimes
Law enforcement knows where the child pornography files are on the Internet. They can also tell who downloads those files from a computer's IP address. As a next step, officers obtain a search warrant and seize the computer as evidence.
When defending people charged with this crime, I retain experienced, capable out-of-state computer experts who do a forensic examination of a clone of your computer's hard drive and determine where the images came from. Was it a virus or spyware? Was there one image on your computer or more than that? Was the person shown in the image really a minor, or just an adult who was made to look like a minor?
Possession of child pornography can also be charged as state crime with less serious consequences. In North Carolina, the charge is called solicitation of a minor for sexual exploitation. It is still a felony, but it is sometimes possible to receive probation if your case stays in state court. Keep in mind, though, that a case can start in state court and then later move to federal court.
Free Criminal Defense Attorney Consultation
Protect your rights and your future. For a free consultation with a board-certified Greenville child pornography defense attorney, call me at 252-565-4661, or fill out the contact form on this website.
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