Child Pornography Lawyer in Daytona Beach

Sex Crime Defense from Former Prosecutors

Sex crime allegations are among the most serious criminal charges an individual can face, and this includes charges involving child pornography. Aside from threatening one’s personal and professional reputation, child pornography allegations can result in significant, life-altering criminal penalties, including lengthy terms of imprisonment and lifelong implications of sex offender registration.

Due to the severity of child pornography allegations and their potential for devastating consequences, taking immediate action to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney after being made aware of an investigation or indicted on formal charges is of the utmost importance. It is why our award-winning Daytona Beach sex crime lawyers are available days, nights, and weekends to help accused individuals when they need it most.

Florida Child Pornography Laws

As former prosecutors who draw from decades of combined experience, our attorneys are able to handle a range of criminal allegations involving child pornography and related offenses. These include:

  • Possession of child pornography
  • Possession of child pornography with intent to promote
  • Use or promotion of a child in sexual performance

The state of Florida takes a tough stance on child pornography. Because it is not considered a “victimless” crime, child pornography charges impose considerable criminal penalties. Depending on the nature of the allegation, as well as a defendant’s prior criminal history, child pornography may be charged as a second or third degree felony under Florida law.

Generally, possession, control, or intentional viewing of child pornography is prosecuted as a felony of the third degree. Other child pornography charges, including possession with intent to promote, are felonies of the second degree. These crimes are punishable as follows:

  • Second degree felony - $10,000 in fines and up to 15 years imprisonment
  • Third degree felony – $5,000 in fines and up to 5 years in prison

In addition to these penalties, many individuals convicted of a child pornography offense will be required to register as sex offenders in the Florida sex offender database. Registration as a sex offender can impose significant restrictions on your life and personal freedom, and can subject you to limitations for housing and employment. It can also mean that your information and charges are readily accessible by the public.

Federal Child Pornography

In many cases, child pornography investigations and prosecutions are handled by the federal government. This is common when offenses are committed using the internet and involve transmission across state lines. When the federal government becomes involved in a child pornography case, or any criminal allegation for that matter, the stakes are elevated, which is why proven defense from attorneys experienced with handling federal criminal cases becomes vital. Federal cases are conducted much differently than those in state courts.

Our legal team at Hager & Schwartz, P.A. has a proven record in representing clients who face federal criminal charges, including federal charges involving child pornography. Federal investigations are backed by extensive resources, and federal prosecutors work zealously to gain convictions. Additionally, severe federal sentencing guidelines means that convicted individuals can face long terms of imprisonment in a federal prison, in addition to sex offender registration.

Discuss Your Case During a FREE Consultation

Hager & Schwartz, P.A. is available to help when you need it most. If you or someone you love is currently under investigation by state or federal law enforcement in connection to a child pornography offense, or have already been charged, it is critical that you call to discuss your rights, options, and how our immediate involvement can make the difference.

To request a FREE and confidential consultation, contact us today.

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