Retaining a Newtown child pornography lawyer may be in your best interest if you face charges for producing or possessing child pornography. These serious charges could come with significant legal consequences and major effects on your everyday relationships, job, and life.
As soon as you learn of the allegations, you should consider speaking with a criminal defense lawyer from McKenzie Law Firm, P.C. Our attorney understands the severity of these charges and how to help you fight them.
How Our Attorney Can Help You Fight a Newtown Child Pornography Charge
Attorney David C. McKenzie III and the criminal defense team from McKenzie Law Firm, P.C. understand how serious it is to face allegations of a sexual offense involving children, including child pornography. Our team has successfully defended these cases and understands how they work.
David McKenzie is a former prosecutor familiar with state and federal laws relating to child pornography. We know how hard prosecutors work to convict those accused of these crimes, but we fight harder to get a positive outcome for our clients.
When you choose our team to represent you, count on us to:
You will have access to a team member and your attorney via telephone, email, text, social media, and more once you hire our firm. We understand you likely have a lot of questions and concerns. We are here for our clients.
Investigate Your Case
Our team will review the evidence and gather additional information to better understand the case against you. We will work to identify evidence to support your innocence, too.
Build a Defense Strategy
Our attorney knows how to weigh your options and develop a clear strategy to get a fair outcome in the case. We might try to prevent prosecutors from charging you, pursue a dismissal, or take the case to trial and fight for a not-guilty verdict. We are also well-versed in plea agreements. Your lawyer can explain your legal options when you contact us.
Represent Your Best Interests
Throughout the legal process, our team will represent your best interests. This includes protecting your rights and working to ensure you receive fair treatment.
Penalties You Could Face for a Newtown Child Pornography Conviction
The penalties you may face for a conviction in a Newtown child pornography case are substantial. You could face second or third-degree felony charges for child pornography crimes in Pennsylvania. These charges involve penalties such as:
- Second-degree felony: Up to $25,000 in fines and up to 10 years in prison.
- Third-degree felony: Up to $15,000 in fines and up to seven years in prison.
Some convicted of these offenses will need to go on the sex offender registry and report their address regularly. Often, this depends on a ruling from the Sexual Offenders Assessment Board (SOAB). Our attorney understands your need to avoid this penalty and will represent you as the board determines whether you fall into the Sexually Violent Predator (SVP) classification, if necessary.
Pennsylvania Child Pornography Laws
some cases, accused parties may have to go up against both the state of Pennsylvania and the federal court system. The allegations or charges against you could include making or possessing:
- Digital files
- Negatives or other undeveloped film
- Phone or computer files
- Other images or video
It is illegal to make, sell, distribute, or possess images of a sexual nature of a child under the age of 18. You could face additional charges if you participated in making these videos or images. This could include:
- Luring children for this purpose
- Sexual abuse
- Child endangerment
Our team can work with you to create a defense strategy regardless of the charges you are facing.
Possible Defenses in a Newtown Child Pornography Case
Each case is different and requires its own approach based on the circumstances. There is no one-size-fits-all defense in these cases. Even when our clients state that they did not commit the crime they are accused of, we need to discuss defense strategies we can use.
Our clients always have a say in our approach in their cases. We want to ensure you are comfortable with a plea agreement, going to trial, or accepting a lesser sentence.
Some possible defenses we can use in a child pornography case in Newtown, PA, include:
- The child pornography belonged to someone else who used your computer or phone or was previously in your home or vehicle
- You possessed the child pornography, but it was not intentional, such as something accidentally downloaded from a spam email
- You were told or believed everyone in the video or picture was an adult
- The image was not pornographic in nature
- The evidence was collected without a warrant
- The police violated your rights or failed to follow proper procedures
This is not an exhaustive list of possible defenses against child pornography allegations. If you face federal or state charges and trust our team with your case, we will examine the facts and develop a defense based on your case’s unique circumstances.
Sometimes, we can prevent prosecutors from filing the charges. We may also be able to get the charges dismissed or have the court throw out evidence, preventing prosecution and conviction.
Learn More About How Our Team Helps Those Accused of Crimes in Newtown
Attorney David C. McKenzie III and his team from McKenzie Law Firm, P.C. represent those accused of criminal actions in Newton, PA, and other nearby areas. We are here to help you protect your future. Our team knows how to counter child pornography accusations and help you fight for a positive outcome in your case.
Contact us today to learn more about our services and the defenses we can use in your case.