The United States has strict federal laws on child pornography and other child sex crimes. However, international sex crimes have varying laws dependent on the country. Navigating an international child pornography charge can be difficult without the experience and knowledge brought by an international child pornography attorney like those of Okabe & Haushalter.
U.S. federal law finds the production, buying, selling and distribution of child pornography to be illegal and punishable. The simple image of a naked child can also be considered a child sex crime. Images showing children conducting sexual activity are not protected under the First Amendment to the constitution. Children are considered to be anyone under the age of 18. There are about 53 countries that do not have any laws against child porn or do not consider the act a crime. An international child pornography attorney knows which countries have laws in place and where the laws go into muddy waters. Government agencies will work hard to put the blame on you and convict you but our International child pornography attorneys work hard on your behalf. We know that this can change your life and do not make light of the situation.
The internet has made it easier to find and distribute child pornography. You can be anywhere in the world and have access to videos, pictures and even the children involved. This also leaves some loopholes during prosecution. Distribution of materials can be run through many different proxies and servers to disguise where it originally came from. This sometimes leaves innocent internet users vulnerable. Images can be accidentally downloaded by following the wrong link or opening an unsafe attachment. There is also the dark web that can be monitored by government agencies leading to child porn charges.
Another increasing case of child pornography is traveling sex offenders. This is when someone goes to a foreign country to perform, film and obtain sexual materials. It is often wealthy travelers who take advantage of the poorer countries. They will pay a family a seemingly ludicrous amount of money in order to film or photograph the minors. This again makes it very difficult to prove because the family consented and was essentially paid. It is also very difficult to identify a victim when they do not come forward.
Mark Haushalter and Ryan Okabe have been defending individuals accused of child pornography for many years. They have the innate understanding that not everyone who is accused is guilty and sometimes people make mistakes. One mistake should not haunt you for the rest of your life and we will work hard to prevent it. Every case has its own hurdles and a defense plan must be established on a case by case basis. This can be discussed when you schedule a consultation with us. We can inform you of the different strategies that can be used in your case.