West Palm Beach Child Pornography Lawyer
Child pornography is of growing concern to the general public, as thousands of minors are abused and taken advantage of every single day in the United States and right here in Florida. Unfortunately, many individuals get wrapped up in child pornography offenses without knowing they were violating the law, or even aware they were viewing, or had in their possession, child pornography. Whether you were charged with possession of child pornography, creating child pornographic material, soliciting a child for pornography, or any other criminal offense related to child pornography, you need to contact an experienced West Palm Beach child pornography lawyer. There are few criminal offenses more off putting to a jury than child pornography. If you have been charged at the Florida or federal level, it is critical that you seek experienced legal help for your defense.
Definition of Child Pornography
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, child pornography is any visual depiction of sexually explicit conduct involving a person under the age of 18. It is a federal crime to produce, distribute, import, receive, or possess any image of child pornography. It is also possible for an individual to be prosecuted under state law instead of federal law, or in addition to any federal charges. Regardless, child pornography convictions are serious and can follow you around for the rest of your life, even after a lengthy jail or prison sentence has already been served. Family, friends, employers, future potential employers, and society at large lumps child pornography offenders into one category, regardless of the specific charges. As such, it is vital to do everything that you possibly can to have the charges set against you either dropped entirely or drastically reduced. Only an experienced West Palm Beach child pornography defense attorney can help you accomplish this.
Three Examples of The Consequences of a Child Pornography Conviction
According to the United States Sentencing Commission, 76.5 percent of child pornography offenders had little or no criminal record. Even without a prior record, a child pornography conviction can come with statutory minimums depending on the offense.
- Possession of Child Pornography—There is zero mandatory minimum with the first offense, but a 10-year mandatory minimum for someone with a prior sex offense conviction.
- First Time Producer of Child Pornography—Statutory minimum of 15 years, and up to 30 years, in prison, as per 18 U.S.C. § 2251.
- First Time Offender for Interstate Transport of Child Pornography—Statutory minimum of five years, and a maximum of 20, in prison
Contact a West Palm Beach Child Pornography Defense Attorney Today
If you have been charged with any offense involving child pornography, from possession to trafficking, it is critical you seek legal counsel from a West Palm Beach attorney who understands how to handle the intricacies of your case. Being convicted and labeled as a sex offender can mean prison time, but it will also follow you into the world after. It could impact your employment or even where you are able to live. Defense attorney William Wallshein can help protect your rights and advise you on the best path forward to take. Call 561-533-1221 to schedule a free consultation today.