Finding yourself in a courtroom on charges of viewing and possessing child pornography is something that could alter your life forever. It will feel as if the whole courtroom is looking at you, already offering condemnation, and you may not know what steps to take in the immediate aftermath. It may seem like your whole life has been turned upside down overnight, and your whole family may be in the spotlight.
The first step you need to take is to secure a highly experienced internet crimes defense attorney in San Francisco. There is no way for you to move forward without immediate action from someone who is there to defend you aggressively. At Okabe & Haushalter, our attorneys will bring the experience you need by your side in a case like this. You don’t have to fight this battle alone.
We’ve seen the reaction from the general public when it comes to charges of child pornography. There are demands for swift justice from all around. Police officers, prosecutors, and judges all detest crimes against children and it is likely your story will show up on local media. This effectively stacks the odds against you when it comes to building a defense. Sex crimes against children in our society are looked at as the worst possible crimes and it may seem that you will not be treated fairly, even if you believe you are innocent of the charges.
Both state and federal prison sentences for child pornography can be lengthy depending on the amount of material recovered and whether or not you were involved in buying or selling the material. There are also hefty fines that can be levied. Most child pornography convictions carry with them a requirement that you will have to register as a sex offender for the remainder of your lifetime. This includes the state publishing your name, photo, address, and what crime you committed online so everyone has access to it. When you have to register as a sex offender, your ability to live a normal life is significantly curtailed. You have to live in certain locations and your travel is significantly limited. Your ability to used certain types of technology or join social media could also be limited. Getting a job after a conviction on child pornography charges will also be exceedingly difficult.
If you are arrested and charged on with child pornography, you cannot rely on a public defender to handle your case. There is simply too much at stake. The consequences of these charges are life-long. Our child pornography defense attorneys in San Francisco are standing by to help you form a defense. At Okabe & Haushalter, our award-winning attorneys will bring years of experience to your side. We want to help you fight these charges and clear your name so that you can get your life back on track. Contact us today by clicking here or calling 310-430-7799 for a free consultation.