About Child Porn Possession in Minnesota

About Child Porn Possession in Minnesota

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Minnesota Criminal Defense Lawyer Barry Hogen

If you are charged with criminal charges dealing with child pornography, you need to know exactly what you are dealing with. There are many different types of charges that you may be facing, each with their own consequences

Types of Criminal Charges You May be Facing.

There are many different charges that you may be facing when it comes to child pornography.

  • Possession of child pornography.
  • Distribution of child pornography
  • Creation and production of child pornography

Consequences of Your Criminal Charges.

If it is your first conviction of possession charges, it could cost you up to five years behind bars. You may have to pay up to five thousand dollars in fines. You will have to sign up forĀ  sex offender registration for the rest of your life.

If convicted again, you will end up spending up to ten years in jail. Your fines could cost you up to ten thousand dollars.

If you are convicted of distributing child pornography, you could spend up to seven years in jail. Your fines will cost you up to ten thousand dollars. You will have to sign up forĀ  sex offender registration for the rest of your life.

If you are convicted again, you could spend up to fifteen years behind bars. Your fines could reach up to twenty thousand dollars.

If you are creating child pornography, you could spend up to ten years behind bars. Your fines could go up to twenty thousand dollars. If convicted again, your fines could cost you forty thousand dollars.

Why You Need a Lawyer for Child Pornography.

If you are convicted with any type of child pornography charges, your life is never going to be the same. You are going to have to sign up on the sex offender registry, limiting where you can live and what jobs you can do. You won’t be able to work with children for the rest of your life.

Your family and friends may look at your differently. Many guilty parties lose their families due to the embarrassment of the charges.

Pleading guilty is not the answer. Many people think that they don’t need a lawyer, especially if they just plead guilty. They believe that by doing so, everything is going to go away. However, that is not going to happen. You will have to serve your sentence and live with the consequences for the rest of your life.

Common Defenses Used in Child Pornography Charges

Since the majority of these crimes are done online, you can fight that you accidentally downloaded the wrong file. You may also have opened an email with a bad link or attachment. There are times when an online search opens a pop-up, which could be pornography. You weren’t actively looking for child pornography, it just somehow got onto your computer.

There are also times when you could be doing research online, and the authorities get involved. There was a time when a lawyer was doing research, and the authorities decided to press charges. This could also happen with students and other people who do a lot of research online.

You may be able to fight the charges if you believe that the authorities were overly aggressive in getting the evidence against you. If you are afraid that your constitutional rights were violated in order to get evidence, you might be able to get the evidence thrown out. This would most likely dismiss your case.

If you are being accused of any child pornography charges, you need to hire an experienced lawyer right away. Don’t hesitate to contact us today. We will be able to discuss your case and your defense. We are prepared to fight for you so that one mistake doesn’t have to change your whole life.