Travis County Child Pornography Charge Attorney
There are few crimes that can elicit such a strong and quick response as those involving child pornography. In most child pornography cases, the public has already convicted the accused before they have even been arraigned.
The attorneys at Granger and Mueller PC have extensive experience representing clients who have been arrested on child pornography charges. Given the stigma surrounding these types of arrests, it is important to have a skilled Travis County criminal defense attorney on your side who can poke holes in the prosecution’s case and help you defeat the charges against you.
Our attorneys have represented clients charged with possessing, distributing, or producing explicit materials that involve minors. We will give your case the attention it deserves and work tirelessly to prove the prosecution does not meet the burden of proof.
The Texas Penal Code states that the offense of child pornography is when:
● A person intentionally or knowingly possesses some type of material that visually depicts someone under the age of 18 at the time of the image who was engaging in some type of sexual conduct; and
● The person knows that this material depicts the minor as described above.
To qualify as possession, the Penal Code states it is the “actual care, custody, control, or management.”
In child pornography cases, a major portion of the prosecution’s case rests on evidence collected by law enforcement. A charge of possession hinges on whether the acquisition of the evidence was done legally or whether it violated your Fourth or Fifth Amendment rights. A violation can include illegally searching your Smartphone or home without a warrant or permission. In cases where the evidence was proven to be illegally obtained, there is a chance the judge will drop all charges against the defendant.
If you are arrested for distribution or possession of child pornography, you can be punished in several ways:
● Third degree felony conviction;
● Prison term of two to 10 years; and/or
● A fine not greater than $10,000.
If the prosecution submits evidence that shows you attempted or intended to distribute any sexually explicit materials involving minors, the charges can be greater. A conviction can result in:
● Second degree felony;
● Prison for two to 20 years; and/or
● A fine of up to $10,000.
You may also have to register as a sex offender for the rest of your life in either case.
If you or a loved one has been arrested on charges related to child pornography, it is imperative that you speak with a skilled Travis County criminal defense attorney right away. The ability to be involved from the onset can prove immensely helpful in getting evidence, like illegally obtained evidence, excluded from the case. If the judge does not dismiss the case, your attorney will prep the case for trial. At Granger and Mueller PC , we have years of trial experience defending people accused of child pornography related crimes. Contact our office today at 512-474-9999 or online to schedule a consultation.