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Gloucester County Child Pornography Defense Attorney

Experienced Possession of Child Pornography Defense Lawyer in Gloucester County, NJ Defends Clients Accused of Distributing, Producing, or Possessing Child Pornography Throughout New Jersey 

Child pornography is a serious crime. Even an unfounded allegation of being involved in a child pornography offense can destroy your reputation. A conviction for a child pornography offense will result in not only significant time in prison but also being registered as a sex offender. This can have a negative, long-term impact on your life. It is vital that you take a proactive approach to protect yourself when accused of child pornography. With the help of a skilled and knowledgeable Gloucester County child pornography defense attorney, you can fight to protect your reputation, freedom, and future. 

At The Law Offices of Michele Finizio, we understand how serious and sensitive child pornography charges are. We will take action quickly and provide you with the best team to support and represent you. We will fight vigorously to protect your rights and secure the best outcome in your case. Our goal is to secure your freedom and protect your future. 

Contact the Law Offices of Michele Finizio to schedule a free consultation with an experienced possession of child pornography defense lawyer in Gloucester County, NJ. 

Consequences of a Child Pornography Conviction in Gloucester County

Gloucester County Child Pornography Defense Attorney

Under New Jersey law, it is illegal to possess, view, share, distribute, receive, create, or allow a child to engage in child pornography (N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4). 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 engaging in actual or simulated sexual acts were children and that the defendant knowingly engaged in the charged offense.

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, or 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 a qualified distribution of child pornography defense lawyer in Burlington County, NJ at the Law Offices of Michele Finizio for a free and confidential discussion.

Defenses That an Experienced Gloucester County Child Pornography Defense Attorney May Use 

A child pornography conviction can have serious long-term consequences. If you have been accused of a child pornography offense, it is important to seek representation from the best possession and distribution of child pornography defense lawyer in Gloucester County, NJ. There are various defenses that a skilled and experienced attorney can use to defend you. These include: 

  • Unintended possession of child pornography 
  • Entrapment by federal or state law enforcement 
  • Lack of knowledge that the image was that of a minor 
  • Mishandling of evidence by law enforcement 
  • Unconstitutional search or seizure 
  • The statute of limitations 
  • The images in question are not considered pornography 

Attorney Michele Finizio has extensive experience representing individuals accused of child pornography offenses. Our law firm has helped many individuals get their charges dropped or reduced. We will craft an effective defense in your favor and defend your right to freedom. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with an experienced attorney and find out how we can help. 

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, Attorney 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, NJ 

Gloucester is a county located in New Jersey. The county had a population of 302, 294 as of the 2020 US census. It lies only 21 miles from Philadelphia and 52 miles from Atlantic City. It, therefore, attracts large numbers of young professionals seeking to take advantage of the numerous employment opportunities in the region. 

Gloucester County is considered one of the best places to live in New Jersey. It has a relatively low crime rate and many of the residents own their homes. The county’s public schools are highly rated too.

Gloucester is considered a relatively safe place. However, recent reports indicate an increase in child pornography throughout New Jersey. Law enforcement has therefore become even more strict in order to curb this trend. If you have been accused of child pornography, contact the Law Offices of Michele Finizio for high-quality legal representation. 

Reach Out to the Law Offices of Michele Finizio to Consult with an Experienced Gloucester County Child Pornography Defense Attorney 

Child pornography is taken very seriously in New Jersey. If you have been accused of a child pornography offense, you could be facing serious penalties including imprisonment, hefty fines, and registration as a sex offender for life. You should contact the Law Offices of Michele Finizio as soon as possible to schedule a free consultation with an experienced possession and distribution of child pornography defense lawyer in Gloucester County, NJ. Attorney Michele Finizio will review your case for free. She will explain your rights and options to you. 

Our team has a proven track record of securing favorable results on behalf of clients accused of child pornography offenses. We will fight to protect your freedom and rights. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation with an experienced Gloucester County child pornography defense attorney and take the first step toward protecting your future. 

Frequently Asked Questions about Child Pornography Charges in Gloucester County, New Jersey

Is sexting child pornography? 

Sexting involves sending sexual messages that may include sexual videos or images to another person. The messages may be sent via chat on social media or text message. Federal laws prohibit any form of child pornography. New Jersey law considers the following acts illegal: 

1. Possessing child pornography 
2. Advertising child pornography 
3. Distributing child pornography physically or electronically 
4. Producing child pornography materials 
5. Invoking themes or ideas of child pornography on the internet including within online chats 

Under the definitions above, sexting may be considered child pornography if the images or videos of children sent include nudity or are meant to be sexually gratifying or stimulating to the person that received the message. Forwarding or being in possession of pornographic images of children can result in child pornography charges. 

My teenage child was found in possession of sexually explicit images of another teenager. Will my child be convicted of a child pornography offense? 

Yes. There is a chance that your child can be charged with and convicted of child pornography. The law in New Jersey defines a child as anyone under the age of 18. Anyone caught in possession of or distributing images that include nudity or sexually suggestive images or videos of a child, either physically or electronically (including via text message or chat), can be charged with and convicted of child pornography. 

Sexting has become more common with the widespread use of the internet. If your child has been
charged with a child pornography offense, you should contact The Law Offices of Michele Finizio to consult with an experienced possession of child pornography defense lawyer in Gloucester County, NJ. We will review the circumstances of your case and craft an effective defense for your child. We will fight to get the best possible outcome and help protect your child’s future. 

Do I have to let the police search or seize my computer or phone?

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.

Do I need an attorney if I intend to plead guilty to my child pornography charges?

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 the 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.

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