Facing arrest or charges of child pornography in Tampa, FL, can be devastating to almost every aspect of your life. These are serious accusations that could come with not only time behind bars but a lifetime of difficulties getting a job, renting an apartment, and defending yourself in situations where others believe you are a sexual predator.
The criminal defense attorneys from Goldman Wetzel do not believe you should have to go through this alone. We can go to work for you today and will be by your side throughout the criminal justice process.
Call (888) 727-4652 today to discuss your case with a member of our team.
Child Pornography Is a Serious Crime Under Florida Law and Federal Law
Florida law makes it illegal to manufacture, distribute, transmit, or even possess sexual images of a minor. When these images cross state lines, including electronically, it becomes a federal crime as well. If you get arrested on child pornography or a related charge in Tampa, you could face charges in federal court in the Middle District of Florida.
The depiction of a minor in child pornography can vary widely in age and graphic nature. It is common for police to find child pornography of infants, toddlers, children, and teens. Some of these images are naked pictures of only the subject while others depict the minors engaged in sexual activity.
Child pornography is also not just still pictures or movies. Instead, it can come in many forms. This commonly includes:
- Physical pictures or videos
- Electronic files containing images or videos
- Streaming or downloaded videos
- Live shows and exhibitions or video of these exhibitions
- Any other type of display, images or video
Today, most child pornography is digital. This makes it easy to distribute or transmit more pictures or videos faster than in the past. Since each image can equal its own child pornography charge, it is also much easier to face significant time behind bars if convicted than in the past.
Facing the Consequences If Convicted of Third-Degree Felony Child Pornography
U.S. Attorneys and Florida prosecutors generally charge child pornography as a third-degree felony. The sentence for a single count could include:
- Up to 5 years in state or federal prison
- Up to 5 years probation
- A $5,000 fine
- Registering as a sex offender in Florida
How the judge in your case will handle multiple counts depends on a variety of factors, as well as any mitigating or aggravating circumstances in your case. You could face decades behind bars and substantial fines if convicted of multiple child pornography counts.
At Goldman Wetzel, our Child Pornography Lawyers in Tampa understand how important it is to you and your family that you do not have to face the harshest penalties for this crime. We can help you fight for a more favorable outcome in your case. Call (888) 727-4652 to talk to someone from our team about your case today.
Enlist Our Help Before You Face Charges If Possible
Because of the nature of the crime, just facing child pornography charges can severely damage your reputation and cause irreparable harm in your personal life. To this end, and to get the quickest resolution in your case, we prefer to go to work on a case early and try to prevent our clients from ever facing charges.
The only way our Child Pornography Lawyers in Tampa can go to work so early is when you call us at the first hint of a problem. Often this will be following your arrest but before you face charges. If we can get to work during this time, we may be able to identify an alibi, another guilty party, or other evidence that clears your name. We may be able to prevent the prosecution from ever filing charges.
Call us today at (888) 727-4652 and let our Child Pornography Lawyers in Tampa, FL get started fighting for a more favorable outcome in your case.
Let Us Develop a Solid Defense Strategy in Your Tampa Child Pornography Case
If you do face charges, the criminal defense attorneys from Goldman and Wetzel will work together to build a strong defense on your behalf. Goldman Wetzel lawyers Summer Goldman and Maribeth Wetzel work together on every case we take on. Coming from varied backgrounds — one in the prosecutor’s office and one as a career defense attorney — gives us a different perspective on your case.
We will review the facts of your case and investigate the circumstances that led to your arrest and the charges filed against you. Then, we will use what we uncovered to come up with a plan to pursue the most favorable outcome possible in your case. This could include:
- Clearing your name
- Getting evidence barred from court
- Negotiating a plea deal for a reduced charge and fewer penalties
- Taking your case to court and fighting for an acquittal on your behalf in court
- Reducing the charges or consequences you face in other ways
We can go to work on your case today. Call us at (888) 727-4652 to talk to someone about your case and to let us review your case for free.
Talk to Child Pornography Lawyers in Tampa, FL
If you face arrest or charges on suspicion of child pornography in Tampa, FL, the attorneys from Goldman Wetzel are here for you. We will fight the charges you face and seek a more favorable outcome in your case. Call us today at (888) 727-4652 to get started.