This is the first post in a series of articles discussing child pornography charges in Austin, Texas. Nothing can be as devastating as being charged with a sexual offense, especially one involving child pornography. Producing or possessing prohibited materials can lead to state and federal criminal charges. Given the serious legal and personal consequences of a conviction, it is imperative to retain experienced criminal defense counsel to defend against such charges. If you have been accused of a sexual-related offense involving child pornography, contact my office today to schedule a consultation with a lawyer.
This series will review the following key topics:
- Understanding the state and federal penalties for child pornography convictions
- How illegal searches and seizures may impact child pornography cases
- Taking a child pornography case to trial
For obvious reasons, state and federal authorities aggressively prosecute child pornography cases. Aside from the personal stigma linked to a conviction, the accused may be forced to register as a sex offender, serve jail time, create a permanent criminal record, impact their ability to obtain employment, own or possess firearms, etc. It is possible, however, to defend against child pornography charges. Therefore, it is important for anyone accused of this offense to understand these key subjects for the following reasons. First, possessing pornographic materials involving children is a state and federal offense. The defendant must understand that there are potential differences in penalties, processes, and defense counsel selection depending upon which court system is prosecuting the case. Second, the United States constitution requires law enforcement to follow certain procedures when searching for or seizing evidence from the accused. Failure to comply can result in the exclusion of illegally seized evidence. Experienced defense counsel will investigate whether this defense strategy applies to your case. Finally, if the criminal charges are not dismissed or resolved through a plea deal, the case will proceed to trial. Criminal defendants should have a basic understanding of what to expect in the trial process.
Defendants in child pornography matters tend to be shown little leniency from courts, prosecutors, and from society at large. It is imperative to take such charges seriously and retain counsel as soon as possible after charges have been filed. Doing so allows your representative to begin building a defense on your behalf. I am certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization as a specialist in criminal law and have been practicing since 1995 and have experience defending against sex related charges. Contact us today to speak with a lawyer. In addition to Austin, I also serve the cities of Rollingwood, Round Rock, Elgin, Jonestown, Manor, Bee Cave, Lago Vista, Sunset Valley, Lakeway, Creedmoor, Georgetown, Cedar Park, Leander, and San Marcos, Texas.