Gloucester County Child Pornography Defense Lawyer
The Law Offices of Michele Finizio Serves Clients Facing Child Pornography Charges in Gloucester County and All Other Localities in New Jersey
The penalties in New Jersey for child pornography are strict and severe. If you are convicted of child pornography charges in Gloucester County, you may be on the New Jersey Sex Offender List for life. Child pornography involves persons under the age of 18 and is not protected under the First Amendment. It is illegal to produce, transport, possess, distribute, sell, share, and look at child pornography that involves minors. It is certainly not a defense to claim that you may have believed that the person in the pornographic material was age 18 or over. If you have been accused of involvement in child pornography, contact the Gloucester County child pornography defense lawyer Michele Finizio for a free and confidential discussion.
Consequences of a Child Pornography Conviction in Gloucester County
Under New Jersey law, it is illegal to possess, view, share, distribute, receive, create, or allow a child to engage in child pornography. A conviction for child pornography carries some of the most severe consequences under New Jersey law. The sentencing possibilities for a child pornography conviction in Gloucester County, New Jersey include:
- Up to 20 years’ incarceration in state prison
- Fines of tens of thousands of dollars
- Lifetime sex offender registration requirements under Megan’s Law and its successors
As many child pornography offenses occur over the internet, many prosecutions for child pornography crimes also occur at the federal level. Possible sentences for federal conviction of child pornography crimes are equally as harsh as the penalties for a conviction under New Jersey law, and include;
- Minimum of five years’ incarceration up to 40 years’ incarceration, depending on the specific circumstances of the offense
- Potential sex offender registration requirements in the state where the offender resides
As with all criminal convictions, there are plenty of long-lasting consequences to a conviction for a child pornography offense, such as difficulties in obtaining future employment, education, access to credit or other financial services, or access to housing.
There are limited affirmative defenses under state and federal law to certain child pornography offenses, typically limited to proving that any persons engaging in actual or simulated sexual acts in a video or image were adults, that there were no children in a pornographic image or video, or that a person received an item of child pornography and promptly destroyed it and reported it to law enforcement. These defenses stem from the fact that most child pornography offenses require the state to prove that persons depicted in engaging in actual or simulated sexual acts were children and the defendant knowingly engaged in the charged offense.
The Law Offices of Michele Finizio Fights to Protect Clients’ Reputations Against Child Pornography Charges
A conviction for a child pornography offense will potentially impact the rest of your life. If you are facing child pornography charges, you shouldn’t have to entrust your future livelihood and reputation to just any attorney. Experience criminal defense attorney Michele Finizio can provide you with the experienced and vigorous legal representation you need to face your charges.
Michele Finizio is well-versed in how prosecutors prepare criminal cases and know the strategies they use to obtain guilty pleas or convictions. If investigators violated your constitutional rights to obtain evidence against you, Michele Finizio can challenge the admissibility of that evidence and will work to make the state prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt, if you choose to go to trial. Ultimately, Ms. Finizio will fight to get you the best possible outcome in your case, whether that is the dismissal of your charges, an acquittal at trial, or reduced charges via a plea agreement along with reduced sentencing.
About Gloucester County, New Jersey
Gloucester County is a county located in the state of New Jersey. As of the 2019 Census estimate, the county’s population was 291,636, making it the state’s 14th-most populous county. Gloucester County is located south of Philadelphia and northwest of Atlantic City. It is part of the Camden, New Jersey Metropolitan division of the Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington Metropolitan Statistical Area as well as the Delaware Valley Combined Statistical Area.
Frequently Asked Questions about Child Pornography Charges in Gloucester County, New Jersey
In general, law enforcement may only search or seize your computer or your cell phone pursuant to a search warrant. In most cases, the police will obtain a search warrant for your home, office, and/or person that will include authorization for them to seize all computers, tablets, and cell phones and to search their contents. Absent a search warrant or court order, you should always speak to an attorney prior to responding to any request from law enforcement to seize or search your electronic devices.
It’s best to speak with an attorney before making the decision to plead guilty. An experienced criminal defense attorney will ensure that you understand the consequences of pleading guilty to child pornography charges, including potential sentences you may receive (even if you have a plea agreement with the prosecutor) and the collateral consequences of a conviction, such as sex offender registration requirements. An attorney can also review the facts and circumstances of your case to alert you if you have viable legal defenses to your charges. Contact The Law Offices of Michele Finizio for a free and confidential discussion.