If you have been caught selling child pornography in San Francisco, you can face serious penalties such as prison, fines, probation/parole, and registration as a sex offender. If the pornographic material crossed state lines at any time, you may be facing federal charges.
Selling child pornography is a serious offense with convictions carrying multi-year prison terms and fines up to $100,000. Individuals who are accused of or charged with the sale of child pornography will likely find extreme challenges in work and social life—both during and after a trial. An experienced San Francisco criminal lawyer with a record of success in child pornography defense may be able to provide a useful court advantage, especially in terms of building a capable, comprehensive, and well-thought-out defense strategy to cast doubt on your guilt.
Without the support of a competent legal representative, a child pornography offender may face significant obstacles. Prosecutors and law enforcement often work in tandem to investigate arrest and convict the distributors and sellers of child pornography. Due to the fact that the removal of such offenders can significantly diminish the reach of a particular child pornography ring and minimize child pornography activity throughout a given territory, law enforcement can be fixated on bringing the accused to justice. This type of fixation on an accused individual can lead to mistakes in the collection of evidence or other investigation and prosecution-based areas.
One of the most useful strategies for defending child pornography charges is to cast doubt on the members of law enforcement who were responsible for your arrest, the investigation surrounding your arrest, or the collection of evidence as it pertains to the crime that was allegedly committed.
Overzealous law enforcement and prosecution may be able to bring charges and force a trial, but this does not mean you will be found guilty. Okabe & Haushalter finds that an aggressive defense is one of the most effective strategies—especially if mistakes are found along the way. Our firm has represented many individuals who have been accused of child pornography crimes in San Francisco. We have found consistent success by listening to our clients, focusing on strategies that work, and never backing down in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds.
Contact a San Francisco child pornography defense attorney if you have been implicated in the sale of child pornography and need to begin building your defense.