Child Pornography FAQ

Detroit Child Pornography Attorney

Child pornography charges are serious criminal charges that could send you to prison for a very long time. Pursuit of prompt legal advice is the best response if you have been accused of possession or distribution of pornographic images of minors.

Schedule a consultation with a lawyer from Schwartz Law Firm at the earliest opportunity if you have been charged or may be charged with an Internet crime involving child porn.

How was I "caught"? Why have I been accused of a child pornography crime?

If you were, in fact, viewing, saving to your hard drive, or passing along images of children or young teenagers engaged in sexual or sexually suggestive acts, you can probably answer this best yourself. If you were responding in a chat forum on the Internet or answering an ad on Craigslist out of curiosity or boredom, you may have unknowingly stepped on a land mine. The "teenage girl" that you were interacting with, receiving photos of and sending emails to, may have actually been a police investigator, who specializes in tracking down sexual predators who target young people.

When should I contact an attorney?

As soon as you have reason to believe that you may be under investigation for anything that could be pegged as "child pornography" possession, distribution or manufacture, talk to a lawyer. If you know that an offense of this type was committed on a computer or cellphone registered in your name, it is a good idea to ask an attorney for confidential advice.

What if I didn't realize that the images I was looking at or forwarding to a friend were images of underage individuals?

Not knowing that the scantily clad young ladies were under 18 is not likely to be a valid defense. On the other hand, all facts of your case are important, including intent. You should discuss this issue frankly with a Detroit child pornography defense lawyer at your earliest opportunity.

I don't believe I am guilty of possession or distribution of child pornography. But someone else may have used my computer for illegal purposes.

The services of a computer forensic specialist and crime investigator may strengthen your defense.

I may be guilty as charged. What should I do to protect my family, my job and my reputation?

As serious as the charges are, you are strongly encouraged not to talk to anyone about them besides your defense attorney. Your lawyer can give you advice on how best to shield your family from harm.

The person who was downloading and forwarding pornographic images on my computer or "sexting" with a cellphone registered in my name was most likely my teenage son. What might happen to him as a juvenile offender if he is implicated along with me?

Talk to an attorney from Schwartz Law Firm about defense for youthful offenders. We are here to serve you and your family with the benefit of our experience and knowledge of criminal law in Michigan.

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