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Child Pornography

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In Rhode Island, charges for possessing or making child pornography could destroy your life. The consequences are harsh and a conviction stays on your record long after you serve your time. And the state is cracking down on child porn. Today, some Rhode Island police use dogs to sniff out hard drives and thumb drives.

If you or a family member have been charged with pornography, you need an experienced attorney to guide you to justice. Brett V. Beaubien, Esquire will stand by your side and seek a fair outcome. A sex crime attorney in Rhode Island could make all the difference.

What is Child Pornography?

According to Rhode Island laws, child porn is a visual depiction of sexually explicit conduct that involves a minor. It could be a picture, movie, photograph, or computer-generated image. 

Sexually explicit conduct doesn’t only refer to sexual intercourse. Rather, it also includes oral to genital contact, anal to genital contact, and masturbation. 

It’s illegal to produce, direct, issue, or publish any form of child porn. Additionally, it’s against the law to mail, transfer, or transport the material.

What Should You Do If You’re Charged with Child Porn?

If you’re charged with child porn, you need to act quickly. The first thing you should do is contact an attorney. They can advise you on how to proceed.

Of course, the charges are usually unexpected. If you get a knock on your door and law enforcement has a search warrant, you need to remain calm. The things you say and do can impact the outcome of your case. 

You should also take advantage of your right to remain silent. It’s your right to remain silent, and you can request an attorney. By doing so, you can avoid incriminating yourself. 

Some people believe that invoking their right to silence makes them seem guilty. However, your choice to refuse questioning is not an admission of guilt. The police cannot use your silence as an admission of guilt. Trying to talk yourself out of the situation may only make it worse.

How Can a Lawyer Help?

You should contact a sex crimes attorney as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the more chances you have at hurting your case. An experienced attorney can advise you on what you need to say and do to avoid a serious conviction.

But your lawyer will do much more than advise you. They will also take the steps needed to fight the charges. This means building a strong defense. After they listen to your side of the story and analyzing the evidence, they can determine the right strategy for the case. 

One of the more common defenses of child porn charges is the fact that material can be accidentally downloaded. Or, a file can be embedded in another file. Unknowingly, you may have downloaded child porn. 

Being charged with child porn does not make you guilty. In fact, many people have been able to fight their charges. It’s not something that’s easily done, but the right lawyer can prevent you from facing the full extent of the law. In fact, you may even have your charges dismissed.

Why a Sex Crimes Lawyer?

There are many different types of criminal cases. While the same basic techniques can be used in criminal defense, sex crime defense requires very specific knowledge. In today’s tech-focused world, child porn often involves smartphones or computers. The police will analyze all of your tech devices in the search for illegal images.

Digital forensics is not common knowledge. Rather, it takes a sex crimes lawyer to fully understand the laws regarding digital forensics and how they can impact your case. Their expertise could be what it takes to fight your charges.

Brett V. Beaubien, Esquire has what it takes to get you results. If you’re ready to build your defense, contact us today and schedule a consultation.

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