Child Pornography Defense Attorney
ALFRED McDONALD HAS MORE THAN 20 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE IN DEFENDING PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN ACCUSED OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY AND OTHER TYPES OF COMPUTER SEX CRIMES.
In recent years, there has been a dramatic increase in the prosecution of child porn and computer sex crimes. Officers have been routinely posing as under age individuals for years. Recently, law enforcement have begun regularly posing as suppliers of child pornography, as well. They enter chat rooms and see if anyone is interested in receiving child pron or supplying it through file sharing.
Federal law enforcement have developed an intricate system of attaching markers to files with verified child pornography images. Once these marked files are opened or downloaded, the software alerts the police. Now state and even city governments are utilizing this software and are getting more involved in making these types of arrest.
REPERCUSSIONS OF COMPUTER SEX CRIMES ALLEGATIONS
Even a mere allegation of child molestation or possession of child pornography is completely life altering. You will be immediately stigmatized, ostracized, and treated as a pariah by family, friends and work colleagues. All this before you even get your day in court.
In addition to the social stigma, you are facing some of the toughest laws on the books. Child pornographers often receive sentences many times more severe than individuals convicted of murder. If convicted, you will likely be required to register for life as a sex offender. Anyone with access to a computer will be able to view you on the Sex Offender Registry website-friends, family and even employers.
ARIZONA LAW IS PARTICULARLY HARSH WHEN COMPUTER SEX CRIMES INVOLVE MINORS
While most child pornography cases used to be prosecuted in Federal Court, as mentioned above, more and more local law enforcement agencies are arresting people for these charges. Arizona Revised Statute §13-3553 defines child pornography as “Sexual Exploitation of a Minor.” If the victim is alleged to be under the age of 15 years, then the possession or distribution of the image is considered a “Dangerous Crime Against Children (DCAC).” A DCAC offense is punishable by a MINIMUM of 10 years in prison. In other words, just one pornographic image of a minor under 15 on your computer means the judge has no choice but to give you at least ten years in prison. You are not eligible for probation, even if this is your first offense ever.
Sex offenders are generally required to register for life and face a social stigma, shame and humiliation. The Arizona Sex Offender Registry is open to the general public and available for employers to view. A conviction of this type will impact the types of places and locations you can live in, the types of jobs you would be eligible for and even the types of people with whom you can socialize.
THE BEST DEFENSE AVAILABLE
If you or a loved one has been or could be investigated or arrested for a computer sex crime, you should contact my office today to schedule your free consultation. It is imperative that you have an experienced and aggressive lawyer defending your rights. A comprehensive defense is essential in these types of cases.
These types of offenses are ripe for abuses from overly aggressive law enforcement officers and prosecutors. You need an attorney that will not get affected by the emotional aspects of this crime. You need an attorney who can thoroughly investigate your case with a goal of dismissing or minimizing the impact of this type of charge. Alfred McDonald has been doing just that for over 20 years. He will personally handle each aspect of your case from initial investigation through trial. He is also bilingual in English and Spanish
SMALL LIST OF COMPUTER SEX CRIMES THAT ALFRED McDONALD HANDLES
Sexual exploitation of a minor
Indecent exposure over the computer
Possessing child pornography
Distributing child pornography
Manufacturing child pornography
Sending sexually explicit pictures over your phone