Los Angeles Federal Sex Crimes Attorney
Legal Defense Against Federal Charges in Los Angeles
Criminal offenses in the area of
child pornography cover internet pornography, the use of chat rooms to solicit
sex with a minor, the production and sale of pornography involving minors,
child trafficking and
prostitution and other sex crimes. If you are convicted under state laws, penalties
can include fines, registration as a sex offender, community service,
probation, parole and time spent in jail. Conviction will become part
of your permanent criminal record.
Child Pornography and Federal Offenses
No matter the child pornography crime you are being charged with, your
rights and freedoms are at risk. It is essential, therefore, to use a proven
Los Angeles sex crime defense attorney to prepare and aggressively carry out your defense.
There are many federal laws which can be applied to child pornography offenses
as well. Mailing or advertising child pornography across a state border
(including through use of e-mail) falls under federal statutes. Receiving
this type of material, possessing it, promoting it and other actions can
also become federal crimes. If any sort of pornography is sent to a person
under 18 years of age, or the material is offered to a minor, the federal
government can charge you with a crime.
Fighting Federal Charges
In our firm, Mark Haushalter and Ryan Okabe have the experience and knowledge
required to successfully defend against federal child pornography charges.
State and federal laws differ and if you are convicted on federal charges
the penalties will be much more severe. The age of the child can result
in much harsher penalties under federal law. When you have prior convictions
for similar offenses, the punishments can be increased as well.
The federal government can also charge you with being involved in a child
exploitation enterprise. There are specific elements to this crime but
if you are found guilty you can be sentenced to a term in a federal prison
of not less than 20 years up to life behind bars. In our firm, we work
tirelessly to raise the reasonable doubt in your case. The burden of proof
is with the prosecutor. We look for and exploit weak points in their case
which can be used on your behalf. Being charged does not have to result
in a guilty verdict.