Cleveland Federal Child Pornography Lawyer
Defense for Child Porn Charges as a Federal Offense in OH
Child pornography is one of the most serious sex crimes in the United States. Although committing this offense will make you subject to the Ohio criminal justice system, it is possible that federal charges will be handed down as well. A conviction in federal court can lead to a long federal prison sentence, potentially for life.
If you or a loved one has been accused of committing a federal child pornography offense in Ohio, Patituce & Associates has helped countless clients obtain favorable outcomes in federal court. With more than seven decades of combined experience, our legal team is not afraid to go up against the U.S. government in order to protect your rights and future. Let us represent you and mount an aggressive and effective defense on your behalf.
When Does Child Pornography Become a Federal Crime?
According to federal law, child pornography is defined as an image or video of a minor (under 18 years old) being involved in sexually explicit conduct. The U.S. Constitution’s Commerce Clause gives Congress the authority to regulate interstate and international commerce. In other words, you will face federal charges if the illicit materials, the devices used to store illicit materials, or even the camera used to film or photograph child pornography crosses state or country lines—either online or by mail.
Federal Child Pornography Penalties
Violating a federal child pornography law will result in severe criminal penalties. For instance, a first offense for producing child pornography (18 USC § 2251) is punishable by a federal prison sentence between 15 and 30 years. A first offense for transporting child pornography across state states or internationally carries a federal prison term between five and 20 years. If you were previously convicted of a sex crime or if the offense was associated with aggravating factors such as sexual or violent abuse, a conviction will lead to harsher penalties.
Types of Federal Child Pornography
Common types of federal child pornography charges include:
- Production of children (18 USC § 2251)
- Selling and buying of children (18 USC § 2251A)
- Possessing, distributing, or receiving child pornography (18 USC § 2252)
- Certain activities in relation to material containing or constituting child pornography (18 USC § 2252A)
- Production of sexually explicit depictions of children to import into the U.S. (18 USC § 2260)
Building Legal Defenses for Child Pornography Charges in OH
Although mounting a legal defense against federal child pornography charges can be extremely difficult, our firm has been successful in federal court by challenging the government’s evidence. We can help you navigate the complexities of the federal criminal justice system and fight for the best possible results. Do not face the federal government without experienced and skilled legal counsel on your side.
Call (440) 709-8088 today to discuss your case with our Cleveland federal child pornography attorneys and learn about your legal options.
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