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Today, there is an epidemic of downloading and distributing child pornography. Many people do not realize that the statutes in New Jersey make it a crime to view illicit sexual images or videos of anyone under the age of 18. Even if you don’t realize that the people in the pictures are under 18, and even if those people represented to you that they were over the age of 18, you will be strictly responsible for viewing the images. The statute punishes anyone who downloads content containing any kind of juvenile sexual activity – even just viewing a naked juvenile who is not engaged in sexual acts is a crime. Simply downloading an image onto your computer could mean that you have committed the internet sex crime of child pornography possession. Even if you delete the file, it will probably remain on your computer’s hard drive – and law enforcement has intricate programs to retrieve discarded computer files.

The punishment for possession of child pornography on the computer is grave. That is why it is imperative to speak with an experienced Westmont child pornography defense attorney immediately. You can reach Attorney Jill R. Cohen anytime by phone or email to schedule a free consultation.

Reach out to us at (856) 351-5115 to get started.

Child Pornography Distribution Charges

In New Jersey, a person can be charged with child endangerment for downloading sexual images or videos of a minor into a file sharing program or for engaging in “peer-to-peer” sharing. Many programs that are used to capture illegal sexual images are in a file sharing program. A person who accesses child pornography might not believe that anyone has access to their images when, in fact, once the images are downloaded into “torrents” or similar programs, they are on the internet for anyone to see. That is how people get caught.

Downloading into a file sharing program can lead to criminal charges for the distribution of child pornography. The distribution of child pornography can subject you to penalties that include prison time, as well as Megan’s Law sex offender registration and parole supervision for life (PSL). In addition, you may be required to submit to a psychological and physical examination by the Department of Corrections to determine whether you need special supervision at a specific prison.

Remember, claiming you didn’t know that the child was underage or that you didn’t know that you were downloading the images into a file sharing program is not a valid defense. You need to work with a Westmont child pornography lawyer who can craft a more effective defense strategy.

How The Law Office of Jill R. Cohen Can Help

Attorney Jill Cohen knows many of the prosecutors in South Jersey and has represented many clients charged with possession and distribution of child pornography. There are certain things to do early to improve your chances of avoiding prison, including negotiating with the prosecutor. Ms. Cohen’s strong relationships with the county prosecutors in New Jersey put her in a great bargaining position. In most of my cases, she is able to help her clients avoid jail time completely. She can also negotiate a deal that involves reduced charges for a much less serious crime.

Early intervention is the best possible scenario because once a person is indicted and tried, there are fewer defenses available. At The Law Office of Jill R. Cohen, our goal is to always to help clients avoid jail time and obtain a favorable outcome.

Sometimes, this can be accomplished by sending clients for their own psychological examination to show that they are not a danger to the community. Many times, we refer clients to therapy with a licensed psychologist to demonstrate to the prosecutor that they are not a danger.

Finally, DO NOT capture images with programs such as QuickTime, as that heightens the crime. If you duplicate an image in any way, regardless of whether you are sharing the image with others, this can subject you to charges in the first-degree and a possible prison term of 10 to 20 years.

Retain Determined Representation

At The Law Office of Jill R. Cohen, many of our clients who have been charged with possession of child pornography don’t realize the gravity of their situation. They lead very productive lives and are often wonderful parents and spouses. They are highly successful in the community and have led law-abiding lives for many years. Getting legal representation early can lessen any consequences that you may face.

Call our Westmont child pornography defense lawyer at (856) 351-5115 now to arrange a free and confidential consultation about your case.

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