This is the final post in a series of articles discussing defending against child pornography charges in Austin, Texas. My previous post explained what one may expect when taking a child pornography case to trial. For obvious reasons, judges and juries are unsympathetic with defendants charged with a pornography offense involving minors. Given the serious consequences of a conviction, it is important to retain experienced criminal counsel to present your defense in court. If you have been accused of a child pornography offense, contact my office today to schedule a consultation with a lawyer.
I have discussed the following topics in this series:
- Understanding 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
When facing child pornography charges, it is important to vigorously defend oneself. The points covered in this series will be important considerations for a variety of reasons. First, child pornography can be charged as either a state or federal offense. Depending upon which court system is prosecuting the offense, different penalties and processes will apply. An experienced attorney can assist you in understanding how these differences may impact your case. Second, law enforcement officers must follow certain procedures when searching for or seizing evidence. In accordance with the US Constitution, failure by law enforcement to comply with the rules can result in the exclusion of illegally seized evidence. In some cases, excluding evidence may result in a complete dismissal of charges. Finally, if the case proceeds to trial, defendants should have a basic understanding of what to expect in the trial process.
I cannot overemphasize the importance of retaining a defense attorney as soon as possible after being arrested or charged with an offense related to child pornography. Your lawyer will immediately begin investigating possible defenses and developing strategies to protect your best interests. I am certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization as a specialist in criminal law and have been practicing since 1995. Contact my office 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.