Few criminal offenses carry the severe consequences and social stigma of those involving sex and children. State and federal prosecutors will aggressively pursue a conviction for individuals accused of viewing, possessing, manufacturing, or distributing child pornography. If you are being investigated for a sex offense that involves child pornography, the hard drive of your computer becomes a target for search and seizure by law enforcement. The FBI and other law enforcement agencies use sophisticated technology to identify graphic illegal material stored in computer folders and shared via peer-to-peer applications. Charges of child pornography carry the possibility of extended prison time, extreme fines, and a lifetime of having to register as a sex offender- even if this is your first criminal offense. It is vital that you address these charges immediately and contact a criminal defense attorney with experience in handling child pornography charges. Contact our office for a free consultation.
Experienced attorneys who are prepared to defend Arkansas residents
Child pornography cases often hinge on two issues. First, did law enforcement violate the right against unreasonable search and seizure when they collected evidence. An example of how law enforcement violates rights include searching one’s computer without a warrant. A second issue hinges on whether the violated law is constitutional. In the last fifteen years the United States Supreme Court has struck down multiple laws relating to child pornography as being in violation of the first amendment. If you are charged with a child pornography related offense then you must retain counsel immediately.
Our firm has over 25 years of combined experience and we regularly handle federal criminal charges, which is where many child pornography related crimes are charged. We are well versed in the Fourth Amendment and will move quickly to protect your rights if your electronics or belongings were subjected to an unconstitutional search. Also, as federal appellate lawyers, we are not afraid to challenge the the validity of a law when it is appropriate. If you are charged in a case such as this then contact the Arkansas firm of Benca & Johnston immediately.
Defending child pornography accusations in federal court
Many people do not realize that if you are accused of being in possession of child pornography, you will likely be charged in federal court. The rules of federal court are different than state court, procedures are very strict and formal, and if convicted, you will be subject to the Federal Sentencing Guidelines. It is important that you hire an attorney who has experience handling cases at the federal level, and who understands the difference between state and federal laws. Our office has extensive experience handling sex crimes in federal court. We protect residents throughout the state of Arkansas. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.