A large amount of law enforcement resources and efforts are spent on investigating and prosecuting those who make, possess or view child pornography. Child pornography cases are intensely involved criminal matters where not only are the criminal penalties severe but the damage to personal reputation and career are potentially irreversible – even when one is charged unjustly. Beyond the severe criminal punishment lies the potential of long-term or life registration as a sex offender. Further, in many cases there is a potential that the federal government will adopt the case and prosecute it in Federal Court – leading to potentially even more serious punishment.
When someone is charged with a child pornography crime there are many investigative avenues that need to be explored. Most of the time these charges involve computers / the internet – meaning an expert in computer forensics may provide a potential defense. Mental health and the potential of reoffending is also a concern in many of these cases meaning that mental health professionals may be employed to help mitigate cases / sentences. It is also important to understand that the age of the children depicted in the child pornography will potentially enhance the punishment one is facing which may become an issue that will be litigated.
Child pornography cases are involved and emotional. Despite the fear one may feel after being charged it is crucial to hire an attorney experienced in these matters and one who is able to evaluate all potential options to provide the best defense strategy before moving forward.
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Michael D. DiCindio, Esq. is a West Chester criminal defense lawyer and personal injury attorney who represents individuals accused of crimes or injured by the negligence of others throughout all of Chester County, including West Chester