When it comes to
sex crimes, any activity related to
child pornography may result in lengthy prison sentences, costly fines, and registration
as a sex offender. Charges—and even mere accusations—can be
devastating to families and careers.
If you are charged with possession of child pornography, it requires that
you had an intent to possess such illegal material. This means that the
prosecution must prove that you had an intention to possess child pornography
and that you had reason to know of its true content and character.
Merely viewing pornographic images on a home computer doesn’t automatically
result in a conviction. When an image is viewed on a computer, that image
is essentially “cached” by the web browser, meaning it may
exist on the computer without the individual having to download the image.
In other words, if a person is aware of what they are viewing, he or she
may not have been aware that they these images were automatically downloaded
and saved on their computer. Hence, the person did not “knowingly
possess’ the pornography.
Additionally, there are many ways you may have obtained images on your
computer’s hard drive. Computers often have several users and files
are typically cached in memory without your knowledge. Figuring out which
user may have accessed or downloaded child pornography may benefit your case.
What to Do If You Are Charged with Possession of Child Pornography
If you have been charged with possession of child pornography, it is in
your best interest to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney who
has handled similar cases in the past and present. When you fully apprise
your lawyer of all relevant information related to your case, he or she
can properly defend your rights and freedom.
An attorney can investigate your case, examine all of the available evidence,
and build a strong defense for you. With a lawyer on your side, you do
not have to speak with law enforcement officers without your legal counsel present.
To discuss your legal options with our Las Vegas criminal defense lawyer,
schedule a free consultation with the
Law Office of David R. Fischer today.