Aggressive Defense For Child Pornography And Molestation Charges
Baton Rouge Child Pornography Defense Lawyers
If you have been accused of, or charged with child pornography or molestation, you are facing very determined law enforcement and prosecution. The penalties upon conviction are also very severe. Charges may be brought for production, distribution, or mere possession of child pornography.
If the Internet or even mail across state lines is implicated, it may be federal prosecutors that bring charges. They have even greater expertise and financial power than state prosecutors. But the prosecution must prove that it was you who knowingly downloaded, viewed and/or saved the child porn and not someone else that had access to your computer.
Molestation and Child Pornography Defense
Charges of child molestation are unique in that children are easily manipulated. Juries are also very sympathetic toward them.
- Parties in contentious divorce or custody proceedings have been known to encourage children to say the other parent “touched” them a certain way or otherwise imply molestation.
- Child care workers, pastors, teachers, coaches, and others are frequently falsely accused. Parents have even been known to target individuals for extortion by coaching children.
- They may be coached by well-meaning social service and health care professionals, law enforcement officers, and prosecuting attorneys who want to make sure they obtain a conviction regardless of the truth.
On the other hand, those taking testimony from children are expected to follow accepted guidelines to avoid false testimony. Police or prosecutors who fail to adhere to these, or are unaware of them, seriously damage their own case.
There Are Severe Penalties for Convictions
Both the state and federal government take criminal charges involving sexual conduct with minors very seriously. If you are convicted for a criminal sexual offense involving a minor, you are looking a minimum five year prison sentence. Furthermore, under Megan’s Law a person who is convicted of a sex crime will be required to register as a sex offender. This brand will follow you for life and can make it difficult to find employment, housing and have other negative impacts on your life. That is why it is important to retain experienced legal counsel.
Louisiana Child Molestation and Child Pornography Attorneys
The attorneys at Damico & Stockstill have been actively involved in the criminal defense of sex crime cases for over 25 years. In fact, Mr. Damico has not only been involved in over 100 child pornography cases throughout various state and federal court jurisdictions in Louisiana; he has also been involved in the largest prosecution of child pornography in the history of the United States Justice Department. As a result of this experience, the attorneys at Damico & Stockstill are able to use their knowledge of the unique defenses available in these cases, as well as understand and utilize the services of computer forensic experts who are vital to the defense preparation.
Damico & Stockstill, Attorneys at Law, strive to provide the best possible defense of sex crimes and internet crimes with the minimum of exposure. Our attorneys have backgrounds as prosecutors and know how to effectively respond to investigations and charges. We have over 65 years combined experience and are AV-rated* under Martindale Hubbell’s peer review rating system.
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