The Internet has become an integral part of everyone's life. We have access to everything imaginable through the click of a mouse. But, with this easy access to the world wide web comes many pitfalls and dangers. The sexual exploitation and other abuse of children through the Internet has become an epidemic.
Child pornography includes any visual depiction of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. This could be in the form of a photograph, digital image or video. Most people do not realize that the downloading of what seems to be legal and innocent data may lead to unwanted and illegal information finding its way to your computer. The government has in place a software system they use to track people who may be downloading illegal material to their home computers.
Internet sex crimes are almost always felonies, which carry minimum prison sentences, and the stigma of registering as a sex offender for the rest of your life.
Downloading and viewing child pornography is a third-degree felony. Sharing the images will increase the charges to a second-degree felony. Producing or promoting child pornography may lead to a first-degree felony, which carries a five- to 30-year prison sentence.
If you or a loved one has been accused of an Internet sex crime, call the experienced criminal defense attorneys at Bauer Crider & Parry, without delay. Our attorneys have 135 years of combined legal experience, including child pornography criminal defense.
With charges as serious as these, it is important to get skilled legal counsel right away. It is important to contact a criminal defense law firm with Board Certified attorneys and one with experience in handling these difficult cases. Contact our law offices in Tampa, Clearwater or Port Richey to schedule a free initial consultation with a qualified child pornography criminal defense lawyer.
Nothing Can Be Lost on Your Computer
If you bring a computer into a shop for repair or upgrades, PC technicians are required by law to report child pornography. When the government is building a criminal case, it will hire forensic specialists to find information you thought was deleted from your hard drive.
What can be done to fight these charges?
When we build the defense, our Clearwater child pornography defense attorneys look at a number of important issues critical to the government's case. Our full time staff investigator helps us to assess your case including:
- How was the evidence collected?
- Who placed it on the computer?
- How many persons, including yourself, have access to the computer?
If federal investigators start questioning you, even informally, be polite, decline to answer and call an experienced Tampa Internet sex crime attorney at Bauer Crider & Parry.
We will move to dismiss or reduce charges, depending on the charges, and pursue a plea bargain.
The Stigma of Being a Convicted Sex Offender
If you are convicted on child pornography charges, you will need to register with the police department wherever you live. All your private information, including your picture and address, is placed on an online report that the community can access. This offense will follow you for life.
If you need child pornography criminal defense, turn to the experienced legal team at Bauer Crider & Parry, serving clients throughout the Tampa region of Florida.
Call toll free 1-866-387-8952 to schedule a free consultation with a qualified child pornography criminal defense attorney. Contact us today. It is important that you do not delay seeking counsel for charges such as these.