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Sex crimes against minors are taken seriously in Los Angeles. Anyone who finds themselves facing child pornography charges is starting at a severe disadvantage due to the tactics used by prosecutors and law enforcement. Today, we want to discuss these cases and highlight a recent plea made by a former LAPD detective.
At Okabe & Haushalter, we have a long track record of successfully defending those who need a Los Angeles child pornography defense attorney. Let us get to work immediately so we can help you get through this.
In April of 2019, we learned that a former LAPD detective was being investigated for possession of child pornography. This case is interesting because this was not the initial focus of the investigation into Clark Baker.
Initially, police executed a search warrant at a resident associated with Baker in an unrelated bankruptcy investigation. Part of this investigation involved a forensic examination of his digital devices. During the course of the investigation, police allegedly discovered child pornography on two digital devices owned by Baker.
In May, Baker pleaded no contest and is awaiting sentencing. He could face up to three years in prison.
We have also learned that a local nanny is facing four counts of felony child molestation as well as possession of child pornography. He stands accused of inappropriately touching young boys he worked with. Police allegedly found child pornography during the course of their ongoing investigation.
These cases are seen differently by the public and prosecutors take advantage of that. Innocent until proven guilty often does not seem to apply to those accused of possessing child pornography. Their mugshot is plastered all over the news and internet with a list of the crimes they allegedly committed. Unlike other crimes, the public usually comes to the conclusion of guilt before a person has had their first court appearance.
How is this fair?
How is this okay in our justice system?
The penalties for being found guilty of possessing child pornography are severe and can include:
In many cases, a person can face BOTH state and federal charges for the same material as well as separate charges for each individual video or image found.
If you or someone you love is facing a child pornography charge or other charges related to sex crimes, please seek legal assistance immediately. These crimes are taken very seriously and come with severe penalties. At Okabe & Haushalter, you can count on having a knowledgeable and experienced team by your side, one that has a track record of success defending clients facing similar charges.
We will investigate every aspect of your case, leaving no stone unturned. Let us work to get your charges reduced or dismissed altogether. If you need a Los Angeles child pornography defense attorney, you can contact us today by calling at 310-430-7799 for a free consultation.