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Child pornography charges can be devastating. In addition to criminal consequences, these charges can negatively impact your reputation and your ability to support yourself. If you are facing these allegations in Bucks County, it is important to get an experienced lawyer immediately.
Pennsylvania has particularly stringent laws regarding child pornography. A wide range of actions fall under this category, including:
Many people unknowingly commit these crimes. They may not know that the person in the photo or video is under 18. They may have these files sent to them without their knowledge, in some cases even by the underaged person themselves. Certain internet viruses can send illicit materials without the knowledge of the person using the computer. In addition, someone else may be using your computer or phone to commit child pornography crimes without your knowledge.
Prosecutors are extremely vigilant about sexual crimes, particularly those that involve minors. If you have been accused of this crime, the government will spare no resources in building a case against you and will argue for the harshest possible penalties. You only stand a chance if you have expert legal help. Our Bucks County child pornography lawyers are here to help you.
The punishments for any crime related to child pornography are devastating. Creating or possessing child pornography is a second-degree felony in Pennsylvania, carrying prison time of up to five years on the first offense. Sending or disseminating pornography is a third-degree felony with penalties including up to five years in prison.
However, prison time is just the beginning. People who have been charged with this crime can be sued by the people who were in the video, even long after these victims are adults. You may be asked to register as sex offenders even after you are released from prison. This can affect your ability to see even your own children and underaged relatives. It can make it almost impossible to find work and adequate housing.
There is a huge stigma associated with child pornography and other crimes involving children. People accused of this crime are rejected by society and even by their own loved ones. They will face these charges and potential legal consequences without the love and support of their family and friends. At this time, you need a friend and advocate.
Our attorneys will help you with no judgment. We know that people are innocent until proven guilty. We will give you the empathy, support, and benefit of the doubt at every step of this process.
Being charged with a crime is not the same as being convicted. There is still hope. We have successfully fought child pornography charges and helped people like you to clear their name. Many people accused of this crime did not knowingly produce, watch, or spread material with underaged children. We have top computer forensics experts who can testify on your behalf. We know what defenses are most likely to be successful and will make sure that the courts hear your side of the story.
If you have been accused of this crime, it is important to take action immediately. Our attorneys are experts in child pornography crimes and can help you to develop the best defense possible. Contact our offices today to schedule your free consultation.