Every year there are many Texans accused of child pornography crimes. Although some of these charges stick, many of such accusations turn out to be false. If you have been charged with this type of sexual offense, you should consult with an experienced lawyer defending sexual crimes as soon as possible to protect your rights. Your career, freedom, immigration status, and reputation may be at stake.
Remember that if the police try to contact you, you do not have to give a statement. Under the laws of the United States and Texas, you have an absolute right to remain silent if the police ask you any questions. Many lawyers recommend not talking to the police or any investigator until consulting with a lawyer
State and federal laws consider the production, possession, distribution, or sale of pornographic material that exploits or portrays a child under 18 years of age a crime. Most often, laws against child pornography are used to punish the use of computer and internet technology to obtain, share, and distribute pornographic material that involves children, including images and movies.
Federal laws that address child pornography are as follows:
Article 2251 of Title 18 of the United States Code: Child Sexual Exploitation (Production of Child Pornography)
Article 2251A of Title 18 of the United States Code: Purchase and sale of children
Article 2252 of Title 18 of the United States Code: Certain activities related to material that includes the sexual exploitation of minors (possession, distribution, and reception of child pornography)
Article 2252A of Title 18 of the United States Code: Certain activities related to material that constitutes or contains child pornography
Article 2260 of Title 18 of the United States Code: Production of explicit sexual representation of a minor for importation into the United States
An accusation of a child pornography crime is one of the worst accusations under the law. If you have been charged, or if you think you may be charged, it is essential to contact a criminal defense lawyer experienced in sex crimes as soon as possible. A criminal lawyer with experience in sex crimes can defend you in cases of indecency with a child, sexual assault, possession of child pornography, and other related crimes.
What are the Consequences of a Sexual Crime?
If you have been convicted of indecency with a child, sexual assault, possession of child pornography, or any other sexual offenses, the consequences can be extremely serious. In addition to impacting your freedom, immigration status, and ability to get a job, you should be aware of other serious consequences.
Depending on the type of crime, you may have to register as a sex offender. Sex offenders must register with the local sheriff and the status of sexual delinquency is public information. In many cases, sex offenders are prohibited from approaching certain places such as schools or other places where children gather.
The Experience of Your Lawyer is the Key
Sexual offense cases are extremely serious, and they can also be some of the most complicated. When facing a sexual offense charge, it is extremely important that you defend yourself in the best possible way. Contact the attorneys at Abel Law Firm today and let us ensure your rights are protected.