According to federal law, child pornography involves the visual depiction of a legal minor (someone below the age of 18) engaging in sexually explicit conduct.
Although facing any criminal charge is difficult, being convicted of a crime related to the possession or distribution of child sexual abuse imagery can be particulary devastating. Between a lengthy prison sentence, fines, and a lifetime of social stigma, the consequences of these crimes should convince you to do all you can to avoid conviction.
Because child pornography crimes can be charged at either the state or federal level, you need the help of an experienced sex crime lawyer if you’re going to give yourself a shot at clearing your name. Chris Lewis & Associates P.C. is standing by to help you.
Both the federal government and the state of Texas aggressively punish offenses related to child pornography, also called child sexual abuse material. If you find yourself under investigation, have been served with a warrant at your residence, or have been arrested, you have the right to speak to an attorney before answering certain questions from an agent.
In the state of Texas, it’s illegal to have in your possession, produce, distribute to others, or attempt to view material related to legal minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct.
Examples of these materials include pictures, videos, or other graphic representations.
At the state level, two of the most common charges are:
Whenever a defendant uses the internet to download, distribute, or access images of child sexual abuse material, the federal government may have jurisdiction in their legal cases. Typically, federal child pornography charges are investigated by federal agencies, such as the FBI or Department of Homeland Security.
Some of the most common federal charges related to child sexual abuse material include:
The gravity of the consequences of being convicted of any one of the above crimes underscores the urgency with which you should act.
If you’ve been investigated or arrested for any charge related to child pornography/sexual abuse material, you need the help of a child porn attorney with federal criminal defense experience. At Chris Lewis & Associates P.C., we recognize that everyone has the right to the best legal defense possible, regardless of the charges they’re facing.
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