Allegations of pornography possession can result in serious charges and penalties. In a recent Alabama case, a woman has been sentenced to prison for 22 years after pleading guilty to 44 counts of child pornography possession. This is a stiff penalty, but not uncommon for individuals charged with possessing or distributing child pornography. According to reports, the 31-year-old defendant frequented online pornography forums using the name “Lady Woo.” Individuals charged with possession of child pornography can be charged under both state and federal laws.
The defendant plead guilty to possession in front of a Circuit Court judge and was handed a 22-year-prison sentence. Our Birminghamsex crimes defense attorneys are experienced in handling cases involving rape, sexual assault, abuse, and computer crimes, including child pornography. For individuals who are under investigation or charged with sex crimes, penalties can be severe. Local, state, and federal law enforcement officials are cracking down and taking an aggressive approach to identify, charge, and convicted alleged offenders. If you are under investigation, it is important to consult with an experienced advocate who can protect your rights and interests.
Investigators first became involved in this case when the defendant's boyfriend was contacted by agents for the Alabama Bureau of Investigation. The investigation was initiated after the agency received a cyber tip indicating that the defendants were possibly soliciting child pornography. The defendant admitted to using the name “Lady Woo” on an online forum that hosted child pornography. The defendant and her boyfriend were arrested in July of 2013. In addition to the child pornography charges, the defendant plead guilty to a felony sexual assault charge for the sex abuse of a child under the age of 12.
Anyone who is under investigation or charged with child pornography offenses in Alabama could face serious penalties. In addition to a prison sentence, a conviction will also place you on the Sex Offender Registry List, mandated under Megan's Law. The consequences of a conviction will severely restrict your rights and freedoms, even after you get released from prison. Any defendant facing child pornography charges needs an experienced advocate to minimize charges and penalties.
Child pornography possession may result from possession of hard copy photographs or electronic images on your phone or computer. Under Alabama law, you can be held liable for child pornography if someone under the age of 17 sends you a text or partially nude photograph. Depending on the facts of your case, you may be seeking to reduce a prison sentence or see charges dismissed completely. When accused of child pornography possession, there is no lesser charge available and defendants will either see a guilty or not guilty sentence. When facing the criminal process, it important to know your legal options and to pursue the best available defense.
Along with independent efforts to show a court that the defendant can change his or her behavior, an experienced attorney is necessary to challenge relevant elements of a child pornography case and allegations. Without an advocate you could be over-charged or over-penalized for your alleged crimes. Investigators will be building a case against you before you are ever arrested or charged. It is necessary to level the playing field as soon as possible and to consult with an advocate who can defend your rights.
For more information or to speak with an experienced Birmingham defense lawyer, contact Steven Eversole at (866) 831-5292.