tate and Federal agencies are committing unlimited resources to investigations into persons they believe are possibly involved with the possession, creation, or distribution of child pornography. While no one can disagree with their well-intentioned dedication to stopping this societal problem, the unintended consequence is that many innocent people are being swept up in law enforcement’s nets. And guilty or not, the penalties being threatened against those accused are simply Draconian, often resulting in a prison term so lengthy that it amounts to a lifetime incarceration. Even being accused of such misconduct results in lifelong repercussions to not only one’s reputation, but their ability to resume a normal professional and family life. With the emergence of smart phone technology, it is easier than ever to accidentally find oneself in possession of illicit and illegal media without knowledge. Photographic or video images of a person under the age of 18, who is depicted in an erotic, sexual, or unclothed manner, is illegal to create, possess, or distribute. In recent times, the “perpetrators” are high school students who are sending flirty text messages back to one another via social media. No matter. Make no mistake, Federal and State authorities investigate and prosecute these young people as though they were the prototypical monsters we envision lurking in foreign lands, victimizing children from behind their computer screens.
If you or a loved one are interviewed, accused of, or charged with any of the following sexual crimes, contact federal criminal defense attorney Jonathan Laurans immediately. You cannot afford to wait or delay when dealing with a crime of this nature.
- Possession, Production, or Distribution of Child Pornography
- (Aggravated) Indecent Liberties With a Minor
- Solicitation of a Prostitute or Minor
- (Aggravated) Sexual Battery
- Statutory Rape (sex with a person under 16 years of age)
- Sexual Assault
Many times the accused will be contacted regarding child pornography by one or more Federal agencies before charges are formally initiated. There are ways of mitigating the ultimate sentence, or in some instances, avoiding formal charges altogether, if the accused obtains representation early in the investigation. Engaging with counsel at the outset of a pending investigation can be a very important factor when negotiating a resolution of an allegation of crime involving a minor. Contact federal criminal defense attorney Jonathan Laurans immediately if a Federal agency calls for questioning, or initiates charges against you. A child pornography accusation can ruin your life. Contact our office today, Jonathan Laurans has 27 years of experience aggressively defending clients against sex crime allegations.