Child Porn Defense Attorney
Technology has changed the way we communicate and changed the way we share information. Unfortunately, it has also made it difficult to know exactly what you are looking at, exactly who is using your network to access the internet, and hard to know when a virus has hijacked your machine. These are generally innocuous incidents until they lead to serious charges such as being charged with possession of child pornography. Suddenly you may find that you are right in the middle of something very serious when you had no clue anything was wrong.
This serious charge carries penalties that will last a lifetime. Not only will it result in a significant loss of liberty, it will completely ruin your good name and could force you to register as a sex offender. This will mean being ostracized from friends and family and severely impact your ability to get a job. Society does not treat people convicted of child pornography kindly whether they are actually guilty or not. A conviction will mean the end of life as you know it. Therefore it is vital contact a Virginia child pornography attorney if you face these serious charges.
Many people use file sharing software like LimeWire to share music and movies. Unfortunately people also use these programs to trade illegal files such as child pornography. An unsuspecting user may be searching for something completely unrelated and wind up accidentally downloading child pornography. If this is the case, they can suddenly find themselves on the wrong end of the law without even realized they had broken it.
In a similar way, if a person has an unsecured wireless network or if their network password is compromised it can lead to unauthorized access of your wireless network. If that person uses your network to access illegal files, you may find authorities at your home even though you yourself have downloaded nothing whatsoever. These people can also load malicious software onto your hard drive that causes it to download these files without your knowledge. These complicated cases require a high degree of technical knowledge as well as knowledge of the law. At The Law Offices of Patrick N. Anderson and Associates, we work with investigators and experts in computer forensics to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you have not accessed the files that you are accused of.
In Virginia, if you produce, possess, distribute or sell sexually explicit materials involving or exploiting a minor, including receiving or distributing materials via the mail or Internet, you may be charged with child pornography charges. These charges can occur even if you are unaware of this content in your home.
For a first offense, it will likely be charged as a Class 6 felony. If convicted you may face up to five years in either jail or prison and a possible fine of up to $2,500. For a second and any subsequent offenses, you may face a class 5 felony which carries with it up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $2,500.
If convicted of running a Web site that profits off the exploitation of children, you may face a class 4 felony with a punishment of at least two and up to 10 years in jail as well as a possible fine up to $100,000.
If you are facing child pornography charges, you need the best team on your side. .