Attorney Dan Carman is compassionate as well as experienced. Why is this important for you to know right off the bat? Because if you’ve been charged with possession or distribution of child pornography (“Matter Portraying a Minor on Sexual Performance”) or any other sex crime, you’re probably dealing with emotional and family issues that compound your legal problems. Let us help you tackle the difficult legal issues you face. It’s our job. We do it well.
Child pornography offenses are vigorously prosecuted in Kentucky. Whether you are before a state court or the federal court, you are going to be the target of a forceful prosecutor, backed by the investigation of coordinated efforts of the FBI, the U.S. Department of Justice, the Kentucky Attorney General’s cybercrimes unit, the Kentucky State Police, local police, and other organizations.
Extensive resources have been allocated to catch and prosecute child porn offenders, so you must have an advocate who is experienced, knowledgeable and aggressive in protecting your rights. If you’ve been charged with distribution of child pornography or other sex crimes, call Dan Carman at (859) 838-1415 as soon as you know you are facing sex crime charges, or use this online form.
KENTUCKY CHILD PORN LAWS
The laws against child pornography are stricter than ordinary obscenity laws. The goal is to stop the abuse and exploitation of children. It’s real simple: If the pornography involves children, it’s illegal. Period.
Under federal law, child pornography or “kiddy porn” generally is any photograph, film or computer-generated image that shows a minor (someone under 18 years old) engaging in “sexually explicit conduct.” The law gives numerous examples of what qualifies as sexually explicit conduct. It’s a federal crime to have, make, sell or distribute, or look at child pornography. It’s also a crime to offer to trade child pornography images.
Kentucky’s child pornography laws were strengthened in 2013 with the passage of a bill allowing the arrest of persons who intentionally view child pornography through “the cloud.” This means that you can be charged even if the images are not located on your computer hard drive.
IS A DEFENSE POSSIBLE?
Attorney Dan Carman knows the right questions to ask, the weaknesses to look for in the prosecution’s case. If the child pornography was on your computer hard drive, how did it get there? Was it intentional? Did you receive an email from a friend which had a downloaded attachment? Who else had access to your computer?
How files get onto a computer and are stored there is not easy to understand. You need an attorney who is computer-savvy and understands the technology of today’s world. Computer forensics is a growing field, and we know the experts who can help us fashion a credible defense against your Kentucky or federal sex crime charges.
SERIOUS CHARGES, SERIOUS PUNISHMENT
Computer sex crimes — especially those that involve child pornography — are always vigorously prosecuted. The charges are serious, and so are the penalties.
A conviction for illegal possession of child pornography, especially in federal court, can mean a sentence of many years to life in prison. It may also require psychological treatment, heavy fines, and 20-year or lifetime enrollment in a sex offender registry. Even a first-time offense for someone who has no criminal background can lead to many years of incarceration.
It goes without saying that even the accusation of a sex crime can tarnish your reputation and bring shame and humiliation on you and your family. Make sure you have the best legal representation to help you through this difficult time.
HELP IS AVAILABLE
A phone call to Dan Carman could be the next step you need to take. We take seriously what could be serious business for you and your family. Contact us by phone at (859) 838-1415 or through our online form here.