Child pornography is an incredibly serious accusation. Unfortunately, even if you never expected to face child pornography charges, false accusations still may happen. Understanding what constitutes child pornography can help you understand the charges and how to prevent future issues.
If you have been charged with child pornography, it is vital that you contact an experienced child pornography attorney in Tampa with The Rickman Law Firm as soon as possible. Aggressive representation is necessary to prevent child pornography charges from following you for the rest of your life.
Child pornography is both a federal and staturoty offense, and each carries an equally serious punishment.
Under federal law, any visual portrayals of sexually explicit behavior involving a minor are considered child pornography. This includes drawings or animations of minors in a sexually-explicit nature.
As defined by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, child pornography is “any image depicting a minor engaged in sexual conduct,” including photographs, videos, and computer files, among other forms of content involving a person under the age of 18 engaged in any form of sexual conduct. If you are accused of child pornography, a criminal defense lawyer in Tampa will review all of the applicable statutes and charges that may be associated with it on both the state and federal level.
Through no fault of your own, you may come into contact with child pornography. This can be as simple as loaning one of your devices, such as a cell phone or laptop, to another person who downloads child pornography, or as complex as being hacked on your devices and planted with child pornography. You may also come into contact with child pornography accidentally while engaging in the pursuit of adult pornography.
In order to prevent accusations of child pornography, it is crucial to keep your devices private from those who may use them inappropriately. It is also important to only browse sites that you know and trust to avoid hackers gaining access to your devices and to avoid child pornography in the guise of adult sites.
If you have been accused of possession of child pornography, contact a criminal defense law firm in Tampa. Through careful analysis, The Rickman Law Firm will determine if there are inaccuracies in how your case is being prosecuted. From there, experienced attorneys will use the best defense to fight for your rights.
It’s important to note, that if you are approached in regard to a child pornography allegation that you do not answer a law enforcement officer’s questions without an attorney present. You can invoke your 5th and 6th Amendment right in this case.
If you have been accused of child pornography, contact legal counsel at The Rickman Law Firm immediately. In order to ensure that your case results in the best possible outcome, our attorneys will closely assess the circumstances of your case, answer any questions, and offer you knowledgeable legal advice.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.