Use of sexually explicit photographic images of minors has no doubt been prevalent throughout recent history, but the advent and growth of the Internet has resulted in an explosion of cases involving child pornography and related offenses, including:
- Possession and storage of illegal images on computer hard drives
- Exploitation of minors through manufacture of child pornography, both still images and videos
- Distribution of child pornography, typically through online data sharing, either for pay or without pay
- Solicitation of minors through websites such as Craigslist or dating websites for teens. These activities may involve solicitation and possession of sexually explicit images of young boys and girls. The young people may believe they are interacting with someone near their age when in fact, someone on the other end of the online dialog may be an adult.
Whatever the circumstances behind criminal charges involving child pornography, prompt legal counsel is essential.
If you have been charged with a crime involving photos or videos of children in sexual poses or engaged in sexual activities, you need to talk to a lawyer sooner rather than later. You may have been targeted through law enforcement agents posing as minors in online forums. Someone may have used your identity to engage in illegal activities involving child pornography. Or you may have become directly involved due to lapses in judgment. Legal advice is critical, and the sooner the better.
Experienced defense attorneys at Stowers & Sarcone PLC in West Des Moines offer skillful counsel and representation to Iowans charged with child pornography offenses.
Sometimes Juveniles Are The Alleged Offenders
Our clients include juveniles accused of offenses like "sexting" (exchanging texts including photos of private body parts) and "camming" (posting nude images of others on the Internet without their permission). Even if this type of activity was considered a game between friends, the federal government considers it child pornography if it meets certain criteria. Our lawyers can analyze your case and develop strong arguments in your defense.
Public Or Professional Integrity — And One's Job — May Be At Risk
Publication of reports of child pornography busts appear from time to time in the press. Sometimes the person accused has a position of influence, and that person is forced to resign. In such cases, we can help with "damage control" in the public eye and manage responses to questions from the media. Protecting our clients' constitutional rights is our greatest goal and mission in these and all criminal cases.
Naturally, many child pornography cases involve "ordinary people" accused of receiving and sending images through cyberspace. In some cases, the person accused and even arrested claims he or she had no knowledge of the presence on a computer of pornographic images depicting young people. We are prepared to examine all facts and circumstances as we prepare to represent you in state or federal court. A computer forensic specialist may provide valuable testimony demonstrating that you were not likely to blame for the saving of illicit images on your hard drive.
Attorneys Representing Iowans Charged With Internet Sex Crimes Involving Underage Subjects
Your freedom, your future and your reputation are at risk after you have been charged with child pornography offenses. Contact us today at 866-959-1190 or by email to schedule a consultation.