Child Pornography

Child Pornography Lawyer Cherry Hill, Haddon Township, and All Other Towns in South NJ

NJ Attorney Defends Clients Against Charges of Possession and Distribution of Child Pornography and Computer Sex Crimes in Camden County, Gloucester County and all other counties in South Jersey

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 – not just 16. 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 under NJ law. The statute punishes the downloading of any sexual activity, and that means even viewing a naked juvenile who is not engaged in sexual acts. Just downloading an image onto your computer could mean that you have committed the internet sex crime of possession of child pornography. Moreover, even if you delete the file from your computer, it probably remains on your computer’s hard drive, and law enforcement has intricate programs to retrieve even discarded computer files.

The punishment for possession of child pornography on the computer is grave – sometimes prison time. That is why it is imperative that you speak with an experienced NJ criminal defense attorney immediately. You can reach me anytime by phone or email to schedule a free consultation at The Law Office of Jill R. Cohen.

Distribution of Child Pornography Charges in New Jersey

In New Jersey, a person can be charged with child endangerment for the act of 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 accessing 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, and the punishment is very serious.

Downloading into a file sharing program can lead to criminal charges for Distribution of Child Pornography. The distribution of child pornography can subject you to penalties that include prison time, as well 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 in the New Jersey Department of Corrections. Remember, it is not a defense that 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.

Jill Cohen Can Help You Fight Back Against Child Pornography Charges in Gloucester, Cherry Hill, Haddon Township, Haddon Heights, and Other Towns in South Jersey

I know many of the prosecutors in South Jersey and have represented many clients charged with possession and distribution of child pornography. There are certain things to do early on so that you will not have to go to prison. This includes negotiating with the prosecutor in your case to secure a favorable outcome. My strong relationships with the county prosecutors in New Jersey put me in a great bargaining position. In most of my cases, I am able to help my clients avoid jail time completely. Also, I can 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. My goal is always to help my clients get the best possible outcome and avoid jail time. Sometimes, this can be accomplished by sending my clients for their own psychological examination to show that they are not a danger to the community. Many times, I refer clients to therapy with a licensed psychologist to demonstrate to the prosecutor that they are not a danger. Please understand that computer sex crime charges are very serious – so the sooner you seek my assistance, the better the result.

Finally, DO NOT capture images with programs such as QuickTime, as that makes the crime more severe. If you duplicate an image in any way, regardless whether you are sharing the image with others, this can subject you to charges in the first-degree range and a possible prison term of 10 to 20 years. Again, early intervention is necessary to give yourself the best chance of winning the case and staying out of prison. Any reproduction of a sexual image or video of a juvenile is considered manufacturing under the New Jersey child endangerment statute: N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4. The statute is extensive, so you will likely need help in navigating the child endangerment laws.

Contact Experienced Camden Computer Sex Crimes Attorney Jill Cohen to Discuss Your Child Pornography Charges

Many of my clients who have been charged with possession of child pornography don’t realize that what they have done is so grave. They lead very productive lives and are often wonderful parents and spouses. They are highly successful in the community and have lived law-abiding lives for many years. Getting help early can lessen any consequences that you may face in your NJ computer sex crimes case.

When child pornography is so prevalent on the internet, it is difficult to ignore. Viewing child pornography on the computer in any way is a dangerous act to do. NJ law enforcement has ways to access many different sites, and they have access to your computer’s IP address. Call me now to arrange a free and confidential consultation about your case. Many times, intervention with a sexual specific counselor can help you avoid jail time. I have many contacts in the therapeutic community that will help you avoid severe consequences.

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Regardless of the incidents that led up to your arrest, every resident of New Jersey has the constitutional right to a fair trial. If you have been arrested or are being investigated, you need sound legal advice. Contact me today.

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