When a law enforcement officer shows up at your home or office and seizes your computer it is natural to feel intimidated and defensive. Unfortunately, it is nearly impossible to know what may turn up on any computer we use because people send us emails with attachments, we get redirected to weird websites and other people often use our computers. If a law enforcement officer tells you they are seizing your computer because they suspect you may have kiddie porn on it, you need to contact Ohio / Michigan sex offender lawyers immediately. The consequences you are facing could be very serious.
Why kiddie porn attorneys?
One of the challenges of facing kiddie porn charges is that it requires an attorney who understands the laws and can take the time to thoroughly investigate the charges. Since Ohio observes the “Adam Walsh Act” for any charges related to sexual exploitation of children, the consequences of an arrest and potential conviction are very serious. Without an experienced defense attorney who knows how to investigate and defend against kiddie porn charges, you could be facing a lifetime of registering as a sex offender in the state of Ohio regardless of where you live.
What are the potential consequences?
None of us believes that exploitation of a child is good and there are stringent laws in place to ensure that if someone is found guilty of doing so they pay for that crime. Under Ohio Revised Code, Title 29, Chapter 2907 all matters of illegal use of a minor in nudity oriented material or performance are discussed in detail. Some of the penalties that may be faced include:
- Conviction and jail time – because kiddie porn charges are primarily considered felony charges, chances are a conviction could result in jail time of up to eight years.
- Post conviction problems – after a conviction, offenders may have to register as a sex offender for a period of not less than 15 years.
- Work/residency problems – after being convicted of child porn charges, it may be difficult (and in some cases impossible) to find a place to live or a company that will hire you
At Groth & Associates we understand the problems people face when they are accused of possessing or distributing kiddie porn and we also understand that sometimes law enforcement officers are on a hunting expedition for kiddie porn. We will work tirelessly to defend your rights and to ensure that a thorough investigation is conducted if you are accused of possession or distribution of kiddie porn. Guilty people should be prosecuted and convicted but when you are innocent of these charges, you should not be trying to defend yourself alone.