File Sharing Programs, Sex Crimes And Search Warrants
Have you been accused of using the internet to download, upload, or otherwise transmit child pornography or to perform other illegal sex crimes?
Have the local county detectives arrived at your house with a search warrant to confiscate and search your computer to charge you later?
When you are suspected of committing a sex offense, state and federal agencies can use search warrants to confiscate your personal computer. From there, they can readily access your emails and credit card purchase information, secure your IP address, and then search your home and downloaded internet files. Unfortunately, even if you do not own the confiscated computer or the illegal media isn’t yours, you may still be arrested and subject to criminal charges until the situation can be resolved.
If this has happened to you, it is extremely important to contact an experienced criminal and professional license defense attorney as soon as possible. We are very experienced at investigating and contesting in court the search warrant and the supporting documents. See my web pages regarding federal search warrants and suppression issues.
At Hark and Hark, we provide clients throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey with the nonjudgmental, aggressive defense they deserve. We have defended these cases for more than 15 years and are prepared to mount a significant and meaningful defense, no matter the situation.
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File Sharing Programs And Internet Crimes
If you have downloaded a file sharing program — such as Limewire or Kazaa — an outside “hacker” may be able to access your computer and download/transmit illegal pornographic images without your knowledge.
Prosecutors are not always inclined to accept this explanation, and will often pursue both possession and distribution charges. They consider the simple act of clicking a mouse to authorize downloading/file sharing from your computer to be an “intentional act of distribution.” It is necessary to fight every aspect of these cases when you are charged with a distribution offense because of the mandatory minimum term you may be facing.
Fighting The Charges Against You · Defending Your Future
Both federal and state prosecutors aggressively pursue internet sex crime cases. So do we. We are not intimidated by police or prosecutors. In fact, we are committed to finding answers to the following important questions: answers that can make a significant difference in your defense.
- The person viewing the images: Were the images and the computer yours? Who else lives in your house?
- The illegal images/messages the police officers found: Are the images authentic? Do you have multiple copies of the same image?
- The officer’s conduct: Did the officers properly obtain the search warrant? Were you properly warned of your Miranda rights? Did they improperly find the images on your computer?
- Your network: Do you have a secure network? Was someone else using your wireless router to access these images?
Please review a recent article by Richard Hark discussing the problems in sex offense cases that have a Megan’s law registration requirement.
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