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Pemberton Township Child Pornography Defense Lawyer

Resourceful and Dedicated Attorney Represents Clients Facing Child Pornography Charges in Pemberton Township, New Jersey 

In New Jersey, child pornography charges are a very serious matter. It is illegal to possess, download, view, or distribute sexually explicit images or videos of any person under the age of 18. Moreover, New Jersey law holds people who possess or distribute child pornography strictly liable for their actions, even if they don’t realize that the persons in the materials they are downloading or distributing are under the age of 18. Images or videos are considered sexually explicit regardless of whether they depict someone engaging in sexual activity, engaging in simulated sexual activity, or are even simply partially or fully naked. Many times if we get the computer hard drive analyzed by an expert, we can mount a defense. You will want a skilled Pemberton Township child pornography defense lawyer on your side.

A conviction for child pornography will result in harsh punishments including prison time, large fines, along with the requirements to register as a sex offender pursuant to Megan’s Law. You also may be subject to parole supervision for life. The consequences of a conviction will impact the rest of your life. That is why it is important that you speak to an experienced criminal defense attorney, one who has handled and tried these types of cases before a jury with excellent results. Our legal team has the resources, skills, and legal knowledge to craft a strong case and secure the best possible result in your favor.

Contact The Law Offices of Michele Finizio for a free and confidential discussion. 

Degrees of Child Pornography Crimes in New Jersey

In New Jersey, you can be arrested for possession, distribution, viewing, manufacturing, or permitting the creation of child pornography. The crimes for child pornography are hierarchical, in terms of degrees of crimes for the felony crime of involvement in child pornography. Child pornography charges can be prosecuted as:

  • First-degree felonies. The actual creation of child pornography may be punished as a first-degree crime carrying a potential 20-year prison sentence and upwards of $200,000 in fines.
  • Second-degree felonies. Distributing child pornography is a second-degree crime, meaning that you will face between five and ten years in jail if convicted, with a presumption of incarceration.
  • Third-degree felonies. Mere possession of child pornography is punishable as a third-degree crime in New Jersey, meaning that you will face up to five years in jail if convicted.

Notably, a child pornography conviction can result in lifelong registration requirements under Megan’s Law, lifetime supervised parole and a period of parole ineligibility. These severe penalties require a strong and knowledgeable criminal defense attorney to advocate on your behalf and craft a solid legal defense. Contact The Law Office of Michele Finizio to learn more about your rights and interests.

Consequences for Various Child Pornography Offenses

Consequences for a conviction of a child pornography offense include:

  • Distribution, possession, or viewing of child pornography (second or subsequent offense): Prison term of five to ten years and a fine of up to $25,000
  • Production of child pornography: Prison term of five to ten years and a fine of up to $25,000
  • Distribution, possession, or viewing of child pornography (first offense): Prison term of three-and-a-half to seven years and a fine of up to $15,000

Our Legal Team Has the Skills and Resources to Beat Child Pornography Charges

At the Law Office of Michele Finizio, we know what it takes to build a strong defense in difficult child pornography cases.  We work with respected experts in the field as we work on creating an effective defense, including computer experts, psychologists and others who can present a compelling case to support a not guilty verdict.

Child pornography charges are often difficult to defend. Judges and juries walk into the courtroom with their own set of values and beliefs.  You need a lawyer with the skills needed to break through these boundaries and provide an effective defense. Our legal team begins your case with fresh eyes and analyzes every piece of evidence to question how police and prosecutors arrived at your charges. To learn more, contact our office for a free and confidential discussion.

About Pemberton Township, NJ

Pemberton Township is a township in Burlington County, New Jersey. The township’s population is approximately 28,000. Pemberton was incorporated as a township in 1846, and is named for James Pemberton, a property owner in the area. The township has a total area of 62,501 square miles.

Frequently Asked Questions about Child Pornography Law in Pemberton Township, New Jersey

FAQ: Do I have to remain on Megan’s Law or Parole Supervision for the rest of my life?

Not necessarily. You must remain arrest and conviction-free for 15 years and then make a motion before a Superior Court to remove the restrictions. You can never apply before 15 years and this cannot be negotiated or reduced by the prosecutor. You may have to undergo an evaluation before you apply, and Ms. Finizio can prepare you to assure that you will be granted permission by the court.

FAQ: I have not yet been charged with a child pornography offense but I have reason to believe that I am under investigation. Should I contact a lawyer?

Absolutely. Even if you are just being investigated and have not yet been formally charged with a child pornography crime, you should protect yourself as best you possibly can by contacting The Law Offices of Michele Finizio today.

FAQ: Does The Law Offices of Michele Finizio have experience in successfully defending individuals accused of child pornography?

Yes, we have years of experience defending individuals accused of and charged with child pornography and related crimes. Contact The Law Offices of Michele Finizio today so we can begin a thorough review of the circumstances surrounding the charges against you and build an effective strategy in the strong defense of your case.

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