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The offense of Child Pornography involves the distribution and possession of images or pictures that show children in a state of undress or engaging in sexual activity. A Brooklyn Child Pornography Lawyer can explain that being in possession of these materials or being in possession of them is considered a very serious matter in New York state court as well as federal court. The NY District Attorney and the U.S. Attorney have made it their focus to locate and apprehend child pornographers. Unfortunately, this crime has become more and more common, partially due to the internet. It is important to note that in the instance of internet sex crimes, the information crosses state lines and therefore federal charges may be filed. Due to the inherently offensive nature of these offenses, legislators are trying to expand existing laws and want to make the possession of sexually oriented graphic images and cartoons illegal. If you have been accused of a sex crime such as Rape, sexual assault or sexual harassment, it is important to obtain legal advice as soon as possible. Speak with a skilled Brooklyn Child Pornography Lawyer from Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC without delay.
Law enforcement will use a variety of methods to apprehend sexual offenders. This can include raiding companies that sell pornographic materials, and obtaining the credit card number of the people who purchase these images. The police can then obtain a search warrant, seize these individual’s pornographic materials and apprehend them. These individuals will be investigated, and the police will then be able to locate who the person has been file sharing with, thereby arresting a large amount of people in a very short period of time.
Federal Law 18 USC 2252 and 2252 (a)(5) says that the illegal possession of child pornography is: knowingly accessing and possessing pornographic images and materials with the specific intent to view any type of video, magazine, computer disc, or film that depicts child pornography. Images can include those found on a computer that are sent via message boards, file sharing sites and email, and includes sites that are not within the United States. Our legal team is well aware that often images may have been inadvertently downloaded, or a file may have been obtained by someone else using your computer. Our technical knowledge in these matters is invaluable, and helps us to thoroughly investigate the circumstances of your case and prepare an aggressive defense.
This offense carries very serious consequences. Even with simple possession, prison time is the norm. For the transmission of illegal images and materials, there is a mandatory 5 year federal prison term involved. In addition to prison time, the defendant is required to register as a sex offender pursuant to SORA regulations. When the defendant has registered, the information becomes public record. This will create difficulties with the defendant securing housing and employment in the future.
In New York, all convicted defendants must register as a sex offender, irrespective of the particular offense involved. This holds true whether the defendant committed the crime in our outside the state of New York. The laws that require this are presently in a state of change, however courts have previously ruled that all convicted sex offenders are considered a “level 2” offender. This law however has been recently overruled.
If you or a loved one has been charged with a sex crime, contact our legal team today for legal advice and a free consultation. We have offices to serve you in Manhattan, Queens, the Bronx, Brooklyn and Staten Island. We also have offices in Nassau County and Suffolk County on Long Island and Westchester County. Call us today at 1.800.NY.NY.LAW.