Tarrant County, Texas Child Pornography Lawyers
The federal government has increased funds and resources in an attempt to crack down on the proliferation of child pornography. As a result, state and federal investigators are posing as purveyors of child pornography in internet chat rooms, entering into discussions in order to see if someone asks to have child pornography sent to them or if someone volunteers to exchange illegal images through various file sharing programs. Additionally, law enforcement officers enter chat rooms and pose as minors in order to see if someone will solicit sex from them online. If a chat room participant solicits sex, a meeting place is proposed in order to apprehend the suspect. At the law office of Muller & Sommerville, our lawyers work with forensic computer experts and private investigators in order to challenge the evidence and actions of investigators and the prosecution in child pornography cases.
If you have been arrested or are currently under investigation for possessing child pornography or soliciting a minor online, contact internet sex crimes attorneys at the office of Muller & Sommerville today.
Defenses in Child Pornography Cases
Most child pornography cases are prosecuted by federal authorities. Federal investigations usually last months - if not years - and involve thorough, meticulous collection of evidence. Further, federal investigators usually track a suspect's internet activity, email accounts, and may surveil or intercept phone conversations, financial transactions, and postal activity. Consequently, the evidence against you may be substantial. If so, it is essential that you work with an attorney who can present and position information that serves as a mitigating factor in your case.
For instance, if you are a victim of sexual abuse, use psycho-tropic drugs, or are suffering from a drug or alcohol addiction, the court may find grounds to reduce your sentence or consider dismissing some of the charges against you. We consult psychologists and drug experts in establishing how emotional problems, addictions, or a chemical imbalance can distort one's sexuality and sense of morality. While we cannot guarantee a specific outcome, our attorneys are prepared to present evidence and information that may demonstrate mitigating circumstances in regard to your culpability for your actions.
A Question of Intent: Images on Your Hard Drive
An unsolicited email or pop up containing pornographic images of children may to responsible for the illegal images on your hard drive. In order to establish criminality, prosecutors must prove that you intentionally sought out these images or knowingly downloaded them. Our attorneys work with forensic computer experts in explaining how an image made its way onto our client's computer and how a pop up or unsolicited email is responsible. In other cases, a misleading advertisement for adult entertainment may lead someone to believe they are accessing legal images when in reality, they are of underage models. Our attorneys challenge the prosecution's version of events and present the full context within which our client acted.
Contact Child Pornography Attorneys Today
Regardless whether you are currently under investigation for child pornography or have already been arrested, it's essential that you work with a lawyer who can protect your rights and prevent investigators from dictating the terms of how your case is presented. To schedule a free, confidential consultation to discuss your case, contact child pornography defense attorneys at Muller & Sommerville today.