Sex & Internet Crimes

Child Pornography, the Definition

This term refers to any depiction of any individual, aged 17 and under, engaged in any sexual act or in any pose that suggests a sexual act. This definition covers pictures or images, video, magazines, and other printed matter. In Florida, it is against both State and Federal law to own, view, create, or distribute materials such as this.

Penalties

Officials always prosecute this type of crime to the fullest extent of the law. In Florida, it is a third-degree felony to possess any child pornography of any form. Each individual photo is punishable by up to five years prison time, which includes duplicate images. Prosecutors are allowed to request even more prison time if the materials display specific acts or depict any child younger than five.

Officials must prove these charges beyond all reasonable doubt, in order to obtain a conviction—meaning they must show strong evidence the defendant, in fact, owned the materials in question. This gets tricky if the defendant is accused of an internet offense and uses a shared laptop or desktop computer or any computer that is infected with viruses or third-party software that alters files in the computer’s caches, histories, and hard drives. Prosecutors must be able to prove you were the user who in fact perpetrated a cyber sex crime.

There are numerous other factors to consider in these cases. If you are arrested for the possession or distribution of illegal and illicit content on the Internet, you need to contact our office now. These are extremely serious criminal charges that will affect your life permanently if you do not have a thorough and competent defense. When you have been arrested for a crime involving child pornography, for example, you are facing more than a prison sentence. The vast majority of states will require you to register as a sex offender, creating a stigma that follows for life.

At the Fletcher Law Firm, we understand the nature and gravity of criminal charges related to the distribution of illegal material through the Internet and other electronic media. We have extensive and proven experience handling these kinds of criminal charges. We will treat you and your case with the respect, compassion, and attention you deserve.

Florida Defense Lawyer with a Proven Record of Success

Prosecutors and law enforcement personnel never go easy on individuals accused of child pornography or other illegally transmitted media on the Internet. Since catching and prosecution child sex offenders have been sensationalized by prime-time TV, high-profile cases can easily gain instant and widespread exposure.

You need an attorney who can match the aggressive and persistent attitude of the prosecutors you must face. Our firm has the resources and strategies at our disposal to be highly effective in complex criminal cases. We make the strong and focused defense of our clients our top priority.

We take on cases involving:

  • Possession of child pornography
  • Creation of child pornography
  • Distribution of child pornography
  • Juvenile crimes
  • Transmitting illegal or illicit images via the Internet or cell phones
  • Sexting

Even if you have not been charged with a crime, but suspect you are under investigation for a sex or Internet crime, contact our office immediately. Call 407-986-4196 or contact us online now to schedule a free consultation.