Courageous Detroit Attorneys Defend Child Pornography Suspects
Michigan criminal defense lawyers protect clients’ rights and reputations
In an understandable desire to protect children from sexual abuse, the U.S. government takes an exceptionally harsh approach to punishing child pornography offenses, imposing not only lengthy prison sentences but also lifetime registration as a sex offender. At Federal Criminal Attorneys of Michigan, we understand that, guilty or innocent, people accused of these crimes are entitled to due process of law, including a strong defense. If you are arrested for producing, distributing or possessing child pornography, we will fight for your rights.
Knowledgeable counsel are ready to defend you in state and federal court
Child pornography is the visual depiction of sexually explicit conduct by anyone under the age of 18, including sexually suggestive nude images. Federal law prohibits:
- Using a child to make or assist in making pornography for distribution in the United States, even if the production occurs in foreign lands
- Making it appear that an identifiable child is appearing in pornography
- Permitting your child or a child for whom you are legally responsible to take part in making pornography
- Publicizing, distributing, soliciting, receiving or showing child pornography
- Selling or possessing child pornography or accessing it with intent to view it on federal or Indian land or water or after it has been distributed
The punishments for these crimes can range from 10 years in prison for possessing or accessing with intent to view an adolescent engaged in child pornography to up to 35 years to life for buying or selling children for use in pornography. Michigan state law likewise makes it a crime to produce, distribute, knowingly possess or seek access to child pornography. If you have been accused of any of these crimes, you can count on us to stand in your corner and to raise all potential defenses to the prosecution’s case.
Skilled advocates take advantage of little-known defenses
Despite the broad sweep of the federal laws against child pornography, there are defenses available. If you possess only a few images, you may avoid a charge of possession or accessing with intent to view it if you take steps to destroy those images or report them to law enforcement. It is also a defense to many of the other offenses (other than the actual production of the pornography) that the alleged child pornography does not depict any actual minors. If you qualify for any of those defenses, I may be able to save you a long prison sentence and registration as a sex offender.
Contact a child pornography defense attorney in Michigan for more information
If you are charged with child pornography, call Federal Criminal Attorneys of Michigan at 313-329-5847 or contact us online for a free consultation. Our main office is located in the Guardian Building in downtown Detroit, near several courthouses and the Wayne County Jail, but we are also available to meet in Taylor, Southfield and Royal Oak.