You do not have to try to fight child pornography allegations on your own. If you face arrest or charges for this serious crime, the criminal defense attorneys from Goldman Wetzel are here to help. We understand that even being accused of this type of crime can cause problems at work, at home, and in your social life.
A child pornography lawyer in Pinellas County, FL can take aggressive action to clear your name or help you get a more favorable outcome in your case. In Pinellas County, FL, call us today at 727-828-3900 for a review of your case with a member of our team. We can also go to work for you immediately if you need representation to get you out of jail, during an interrogation, or at a court appearance.
Child Pornography Is a Serious Crime Under Florida Law
Child pornography charges relate to possessing, distributing, transmitting, or manufacturing depictions of children or teens under the age of 18 engaged in any sexual activity. Examples of child pornography include:
- Shows and exhibitions
- Computer data files
- Streaming or downloaded video
- Any other images or video
Child pornography can contain images of minors of any age — from infants or toddlers to tweens and teens –, and it can vary widely in how graphic it is. Any image with nudity could bring child pornography charges, or the images could include minors engaged in sexual activity with one another or with an adult.
In Florida, state statutes make it illegal to possess, distribute, transmit, or manufacture child pornography. This includes:
These are also federal crimes, and you could face charges in the Middle District of Florida if a federal agency believes you engaged in manufacturing or transmitting child pornography in more than one state.
A Child Pornography Conviction Could Mean Serious Consequences
Under Florida law, child pornography and related crimes are a third-degree felony. If convicted, you could face a sentence that includes:
- Time behind bars in a state or federal prison
- Significant fines
A single count of possessing child pornography could lead the court to sentence you to:
- Up to five years in state prison
- Up to five years of probation
- A $5,000 fine
- Inclusion on Florida’s sex offender registry for the rest of your life
While this is significant on its own, you could face separate charges, and equally severe penalties for every count of child pornography prosecutors can prove. This could add up quickly if they believe you possessed, transmitted, or manufactured large volumes of inappropriate images.
If possible, the best course of action is to avoid a conviction in a case like this. There is little chance that you will get a slap on the wrist if convicted of a state or federal child pornography charge.
Let Goldman Wetzel Help You Fight by Taking a Unique Approach to Your Case
The criminal defense attorneys from Goldman Wetzel, Summer Goldman and Maribeth Wetzel, take a unique approach to every case they handle. At Goldman Wetzel, both founding partners work together on every case. When you hire one of us, you get both of us. This is an advantage for our clients because each attorney brings a different perspective to your case.
- Goldman’s experience is in the State Attorney’s Office, and she can help us see things from the prosecutor’s point of view; and
- Wetzel is a career criminal defense attorney who understands how to build a strong defense, put a strategy in place, and fight aggressively for the most favorable outcome available to her clients.
Together, our child pornography lawyers in Pinellas County, FL can ensure you get the aggressive representation you need as well as the compassionate support and guidance you deserve.
Let Goldman Wetzel Get Started on Your Pinellas County, FL Case Today
The Goldman Wetzel attorneys prefer to go to work on a case as early as possible. This is why we recommend you reach out to us as soon as you learn about an accusation, face arrest, or get charged with a crime. In some cases, if we know about your case before the prosecution files charges, we may be able to counter their accusations with evidence to prove your innocence.
When this happens, the case may be over before it officially begins. There will be no record of the investigation against you, and you will not face charges.
Even if we cannot stop prosecutors from bringing charges against you, we may be able to get a more favorable outcome in your case in another way. We will build a defense strategy based on the facts of your case. This could include:
- Getting the charges against you reduced or dropped
- Working with prosecutors to reduce the nature and severity of the charges in exchange for agreeing to enter a guilty plea
- Taking your case to court, presenting a strong argument, and fighting for a not guilty verdict
- Requesting a probated sentence in exchange for a guilty or no contest plea
Reach out to our team today by calling 727-828-3900. One of our child pornography lawyers in Pinellas County, FL can go to work on your case immediately or answer your questions and review the facts of your case during a free case evaluation.
Talk to a Child Pornography Lawyer in Pinellas County, FL
If local police, state investigators, or representatives from a federal agency accuse you of possessing, distributing, transmitting, or manufacturing child pornography, the child pornography lawyers in Pinellas County from Goldman Wetzel are here to help. You do not have to try to fight these allegations on your own. If they arrested you or charged you with this serious crime, call us today at 727-828-3900.