Child Pornography Defense in Westchester County
What to do if you have been charged with a child pornography offense:
If you have been charged in Federal Court or in New York State Court with
a child pornography charge you must immediately
contact a lawyer. Do not discuss the case with law enforcement, a therapist, pastor or
anyone else until you speak with an experienced
sex offense attorney.
Child Pornography cases are highly politicized and aggressively prosecuted
by the Federal government and local law enforcement. There are many stories
of decent law abiding people victimized by the countless images of child
pornography on the internet. Many times individuals happen to stumble
upon child pornography images on the internet and are then open to prosecution
even if those images are immediately deleted. Social media (Facebook,
Tinder, Tango) is also a problem for the public as many individuals on
the internet represent themselves as adults but are in fact minors resulting
in a child pornography charge.
Building a Strong Defense Against Your Child Pornography Charges
To most accused there is an overwhelming feeling of hopelessness. At Riebling,
Proto & Sachs, LLP our sex offense attorneys help our clients move
past that hopeless feeling or a feeling of embarrassment to focus on the
defense of the sex offense charge. We clearly explain the charge(s), your
options, the legal strategy, potential
sex offender registration (SORA) and the defense of the case. We have the resources to successfully defend
any sex offense charge. We work with investigators, computer experts and
therapists to name a few. Our attorneys are experienced in Federal Court
and in the New York State Courts.
How are Child Pornography Cases Investigated?
There are countless ways a child pornography case is investigated by law
enforcement. Most common are undercover “sting” operations,
coordination between federal and local law enforcement, review of Internet
Service Provider (ISP) records, direct complaints by the public, direct
complains by an angry family member, reporting by school officials and
Usually the investigation takes place over a period of time that can last
months or years. If you even suspect that you might be the subject of
an investigation for a child pornography offense it is essential to contact
a sex offense lawyer immediately.
What is the Federal Definition of Child Pornography?
Child pornography means any visual depiction, including any photograph,
film, video, picture, or computer or computer-generated image or picture,
whether made or produced by electronic, mechanical, or other means, of
sexually explicit conduct, where the production of such visual depiction
involves the use of a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct and
such visual depiction is a digital image, computer image, or computer-generated
image that is, or is indistinguishable from, that of a minor engaging
in sexually explicit conduct; or such visual depiction has been created,
adapted, or modified to appear that an identifiable minor is engaging
in sexually explicit conduct.
What are the Child Pornography Offenses in New York?
There are four main areas of prosecution in New York State for a child
2.Disseminating Indecent Material to Minors
3.Sexual Performance of a Child
4.Endangering the Welfare of a Child
Each of these areas of the law have their own subsections that are fact
specific. It is important to remember that these are all serious felony charges.
What are the consequences of a child pornography conviction?
Depending on the facts of your case and your background the consequences
can range from prison, probation, mandatory registration as a sex offender,
deportation, fines, surcharges, DNA registration, treatment and other
devastating life long consequences.
How Riebling, Proto & Sachs, LLP Can Help
Our Westchester County criminal defense lawyers have an impressive record
of fighting child pornography charges including obtaining reduced charges
and sentences allowing our clients to close this unpleasant chapter in
their life and move on.
The hallmark of our defense is extensive preparation and advocacy on our
If you or a loved one has been charged with child pornography or any sex
offense call our lawyers today for a
free and confidential initial consultation. (914) 946-4808
Our offices are conveniently located in downtown White Plains and Peekskill,
enabling us to serve Westchester County and the surrounding areas.