Child porn charges in St. PetersburgChild pornography charges, which the federal or state government may pursue, can have serious, long-term repercussions. Even the mere accusation of possession of child pornography can be extremely damaging. The moment you suspect that you’re under investigation, you’ll want to consult a defense lawyer at Goldman Wetzel. Porn featuring minors is illegal, and you will need an attorney who is well-versed in all aspects of criminal defense. Doing so will give you the best opportunity at mitigated charges or an acquittal. Call 727-828-3900 to schedule a free and discrete consultation with a defense lawyer for child porn charges in St. Petersburg at Goldman Wetzel.

Understanding Child Pornography Charges

Florida Statutes 847.001(3) defines child pornography simply as “any image depicting a minor engaged in sexual conduct.” In 827.071(5)(a), the statutes provide: “It is unlawful for any person to knowingly possess, control, or intentionally view a photograph, motion picture, exhibition, show, representation, image, data, computer depiction, or other presentation which, in whole or in part, he or she knows to include any sexual conduct by a child.”

The state penalties for child pornography are serious. Transmission, possession or intentional viewing of child pornography is considered a third-degree felony in Florida. This translates into five years’ possible imprisonment and a $5,000 fine. Plus, a conviction means you will have to be listed in the national sex offender registry. Note, the above penalty is for each pornographic image/video. If there are two photos found in your possession, for instance, you face up to 10 years’ imprisonment and a $10,000 fine.

If charged under federal law, defendants face certain mandatory and maximum child pornography charges.

Defenses for Child Pornography Charges in St. Petersburg or Tampa

Many charges are brought about because of a download that law enforcement tracked to someone’s computer. In today’s WiFi age, it’s nearly impossible to track down the party that downloaded an image. A guest could’ve tapped into your WiFi and downloaded an image or used your computer and contaminated your hard drive.

You may have purchased a used computer that unknowingly had contraband on it. Sometimes images are automatically downloaded without the Internet user’s authorization when he or she clicks on certain links. In other words, there may be illegal images stored on your computer without your knowledge.

In addition to the above negative defenses, there a several viable, affirmative defenses to child pornography charges. Below are a few examples. (Your lawyer can discuss how best to approach your particular case.)

  • You did not knowingly purchase, solicit or produce the material in question.
  • You, in good faith, took steps to destroy the material and didn’t share it with anyone.
  • You came across the material on one of your devices and reported it to law enforcement.
  • You did not intentionally view the images.

What to Do if You’re Investigated or Indicted for Porn in St. Petersburg or Tampa

If you’ve been contacted by authorities about a child pornography-related issue or have been indicted, there are three initial steps you’ll want to take.

  1. Do not speak to investigators about your case. You might say something incriminating. Invoke your right to have an attorney present.
  2. Contact Goldman Wetzel. We’ll help you start your defense right away.
  3. Be patient. Investigations may take months, which can be unnerving. If your equipment has been confiscated, you might not get it back for some time. Refer your questions about what to expect from your case and how best to occupy yourself in the interim to us.

Free Legal Consultation with the Defense Lawyers at Goldman Wetzel

The defense team at Goldman Wetzel is dedicated to defending and protecting the rights of our clients. If you’ve been charged with child pornography, enlist our help so that we can pursue the best possible outcome. Call us today at 727-828-3900.

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