Child Pornography Charges
Will Hanlon and the dedicated team at Hanlon Law represent people in cities throughout the Tampa Bay area who have been charged with sex crimes such as child pornography. We have over two decades of experience fighting for the rights of our clients and a history of obtaining strong results. Child pornography is a serious charge that may have life-altering consequences for someone who has been falsely accused of the offense. Clearwater sex crime attorney Will Hanlon can guide defendants through the criminal justice process with tenacity and professionalism.Protect Your Rights When Facing a Child Pornography Charge
Florida law makes it a crime to possess, transmit, distribute, or create child pornography. This includes any material that depicts a person under the age of 18 engaging in sexual conduct. Child pornography is also illegal under federal criminal laws.
The State of Florida and the federal government take child pornography allegations very seriously. A conviction for this offense, as with another sex crime, carries a strong risk of heavy fines and significant jail time. A defendant who is convicted of a third-degree felony for viewing or possessing child pornography, for instance, may face up to five years in jail and as much as $15,000 in fines. The possible jail time increases to 15 years behind bars for a person who is convicted on a second-degree child pornography charge.
A child pornography conviction also means being labeled as a sex offender, which carries a stigma that may haunt you for the rest of your life. This is another reason why it is imperative that a person charged with – or even suspected of – child pornography or another offense enlist the help of an experienced criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible.
At Hanlon Law, we fully understand the consequences that a person charged with child pornography faces. We work diligently to understand each client’s situation and mount a strong defense under the circumstances. These cases sometimes come down to questions of whether the defendant actually possessed the material at issue or whether it actually qualifies as child pornography. Prosecutors also must prove that the person charged with the crime possessed, sent, or created the materials. Each of the elements of the charged offense must be established beyond a reasonable doubt, which means that a skilled defense lawyer often has many opportunities to undermine the prosecution’s case.Contact Hanlon Law to Discuss a Sex Crime Case with a Clearwater Attorney
Attorney Will Hanlon knows how aggressively law enforcement pursues sex crime cases, and he is familiar with the strategies that they may use to seek a conviction. He can help gather evidence in your favor and explore your options to determine which course of action you should follow. We stand by the people whom we represent at every step of the way. If you are facing charges or are being investigated with regard to a crime, Clearwater sex crime lawyer Will Hanlon is ready to represent you. He also assists people in Tampa, St. Petersburg, and surrounding cities. Call us at 727.897.5413 or contact us online to set up a free consultation. Will Hanlon also can help people who need a domestic violence lawyer or representation in facing prosecution for drug crimes, violent crimes, or DUI.