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The Internet has made adult entertainment available to everyone with a computer in the privacy of their own home. Unfortunately, websites that provide images and videos are often less than honest about the age of their models and actors. People who download legal adult entertainment images and videos onto their hard drives are often surprised to learn that child pornography is included in the download.
If you have been charged with possession or distribution of child pornography or illegal pornography, or believe you are under investigation,contact Dziedziak & Marcus in Chicago. We know the law thoroughly and have the resources required to defend aggressively your rights in state and federal cases.
From offices in Chicago, our attorneys advise and represent clients throughout the Greater Chicago Metro Area, Illinois and the United States. Call us at 312-443-5600 or contact us by email to arrange a free initial consultation with an experienced Chicago Internet child pornography defense attorney at our firm today.
Investigative Procedures By Law Enforcement
One of the first steps in preparing a case against a person allegedly involved in child pornography is to conduct an investigation. This may involve posing as a minor in sexually oriented chat rooms or expressing interest in trading or obtaining images of naked children. Though viewed by many as entrapment, these techniques lure unsuspecting individuals into the organized sting.
Another manner in which authorities may pursue those supposedly involved in illegal child pornography in through tracing LimeWire accounts. With this file-sharing website, users may connect their computers to the network and share files with other users. If you get a LimeWire account, you make your computer available to others. They may search your computer without you even being aware. In addition, if there are illegal images on your computer and others access them, you can be accused of distributing child pornography even if it was never your intent.
As part of a child pornography possession or distribution investigation, government authorities may choose to search your property and confiscate anything that may have been involved in an alleged crime. This often means that parties, innocent or guilty, are subjected to seizure and forfeiture of assets, either temporarily or permanently. Without much, if any notice, you may face the loss of personal property. To preserve your ownership rights, you must speak with a criminal defense lawyer promptly.
Conviction Brings A Lifetime Sentence
In regard to possession of child pornography, there are two levels of charges: state and federal. Both have serious repercussions for the individual who is convicted. A conviction can carry with it a long prison sentence. Another repercussion is the mandatory registration as a sex offender. For life, you will be required to alert law enforcement with each move, your activity will be monitored and the public will have access to your address and photograph. In essence, even after you serve time for the crime, you will never be truly free.
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