Portage Michigan Internet Child Pornography Attorney
Child pornography is an extremely serious criminal charge. For viewing images of children at a porn website, a first-time offender can face severe sanctions, followed by registration as a sex offender. Given the potential consequences, anyone accused of possessing or distributing child porn needs the immediate help of an experienced defense attorney.
At the law firm of Peter A. D' Angelo, PLC, we defend people who face child pornography charges in Kalamazoo, Portage, Battle Creek and other communities throughout Western Michigan. We offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case.
How Did Police Come Into Contact With Me?
Police may come into contact with you a number of different ways. An ex spouse or girlfriend can accuse you of viewing child porn images on your computer. Federal law enforcement officers also monitor child porn website and can track you using the IP address of your computer. Sending or receiving images by e-mail can also lead to a visit from a police officer.
Once an accusation is made, police will typically obtain a search warrant and seize your computer. Any images that are on your computer's hard drive can be recovered by forensic examiners, even if you deleted those images.
Are There Defenses in Child Porn Cases?
Both evidence and any defenses in child pornography cases tend to be technical. Just because images are on your computer does not mean that you were the person who viewed them. Other people may have had access to your computer and downloaded the images while surfing porn sites on the Internet. As your lawyers, our job is to first review the state's evidence and find potential fault therein.
Is Sexting the Same as Child Porn?
Sexting can lead to child porn charges if the person photographed is under 18 years of age. Even though it is legal for people age 16 and older to have sex, it is illegal to possess and distribute sexual images of anyone who is under the age of 18.
Free Internet Pornography Law Consultation
Before you talk to police or anyone else, call 269-488-0089 or send us an e-mail to schedule a free initial consultation with our Kalamazoo child pornography attorneys. We are available 24/7. Jail visits are available.