Houston Child Pornography Lawyer
Child pornography refers to images or films and, in some cases, writings depicting sexually explicit activities involving a child. Abuse of the child occurs during the sexual acts which are recorded in the production of child pornography. If your family is facing such a situation, it’s important that you contact a Houston child pornography lawyer immediately.
Child pornography is a form of child sexual exploitation. Federal law defines child pornography as any visual depiction of sexually explicit conduct involving a minor (persons under 18 years of age). Images of child pornography are also referred to as child sexual abuse images. Federal law prohibits the production, distribution, importation, reception, or possession of any image of child pornography. A violation of federal child pornography law is a serious crime, and convicted offenders face severe statutory penalties.
Law enforcement officials and prosecuting attorneys in Texas, and throughout the entire United States, fight hard to see that anyone charged with a sex crime is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. When a sex offense is alleged to involve children, the charges could be filed in federal court. Federal sex crimes carry heavier penalties and fines, not to mention mandatory sex offender registration and up to 20 years in prison for each offense. A second conviction in a child pornography case carries a penalty of up to 40 years in federal prison.
With so much at stake, you will need a dedicated and highly skilled defense attorney who is willing to take the time to understand your situation, investigate the facts of your case and work hard to provide the aggressive defense you need. You will need an advocate, someone who is committed to protecting your rights and seeking the best possible outcome on your behalf.
The child pornography defense lawyers at the Darrow Law Firm protect and advance the legal rights of men and women who are suspected of, arrested for, accused of or have been convicted of any of a number or state or federal criminal laws related to child pornography. We handle all types of child pornography charges in Houston, Galveston, and surrounding counties. Contact the Darrow Law Firm today at 713-641-5300 if you or someone you know has been charged with or are under investigation for distribution or possession of child pornography.
The state of Texas prohibits the promotion, use, or exploitation of children under the age of 18 for performance or employment or conduct of sexual acts or depictions of acts of a sexual nature. Texas law defines “sexual conduct” as sexual contact, actual or simulated sexual intercourse, deviate sexual intercourse, sexual bestiality, masturbation, sado-masochistic abuse, or lewd exhibition of the genitals, the anus, or any portion of the female breast below the top of the areola. It is against the law to promote, create, or disseminate materials depicting any such sexual conduct by any means of visual representation, including plays, motion picture, photographs, and dance.
Under Texas law, it is also a crime to possess child pornography and to possess it with the intention of promoting or distributing. If six or more identical visual depictions of a child engaging in sexual conduct are found, then there will be a presumption that the defendant had intent to promote the materials.
Child pornography offenses are extremely serious charges. It is imperative for an individual who is charged or even being investigated for crimes associated with child pornography to immediately retain an aggressive and experienced criminal attorney. At the Darrow Law Firm, we have the experience and knowledge to handle your case. Paul Darrow is former Child Abuse/Sex Crimes prosecutor. While prosecuting these crimes he learned the nuances of this specialized area of criminal law and learned all of the ways the government uses evidence against the accused. Contact our office today for a free consultation.