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CHICAGO PORNOGRAPHY LAWYER

It can be devastating to be labeled as a sex offender. One can receive this label without having committed an act such as assault. Many pornography related offenses can be charged as a felony and one may find themselves facing federal criminal charges. If you have been alleged to be in possession of child porn then there are several defenses which may be available to you. We handle such matters in both state and federal court.

Orland Park Pornography Lawyer Michael prides himself on providing a level of service not offered by many other attorneys. He regularly provides clients with his cell phone number, quickly returns phone calls, makes himself available to answer your questions, and takes steps to ensure that you know what to expect as your case moves forward. Michael has over thirty years of experience and providing the highest quality of representation is his goal in each and every case.

ILLINOIS STATE AND FEDERAL CHILD PORNOGRAPHY LAWS

Child pornography charges come in many forms. One may be charged with producing the materials. Quite often people find themselves charged for possessing or viewing such materials. It is a felony to possess such materials and federal criminal charges may also be brought as a result. If you are convicted of a federal offense then you will be punished under the federal sentencing guidelines. Illinois state penalties for such offenses range from a Class 1 felony to a Class X felony, depending on whether a moving film was involved. One can defend themselves against state charges by proving that they reasonably believed the depicted persons to be over the age of 18.

Child Pornography related charges typically begin with the issuance of an Indictment from a grand jury. In the Illinois Circuit Court charges may also be brought after a preliminary hearing. Common issues related to defending such charges include whether evidence was taken from one’s computer or smart phone in violation of their Fourth Amendment rights and against search and seizure laws. Other common issues stem from whether the computer or phone in question actually belonged to the person being charged. Finally, if the photographs or images did not depict actual children then one’s First Amendment rights may be at issue. Hiring counsel who can argue such issues, and present an argument to the Court that you did not believe children were depicted, can be crucial to your future.

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Michael J. Brennan is a Chicago criminal defense lawyer handles pornography related charges in both State Court and Federal Court. Once retained he will immediately analyze the evidence and determine whether the police or FBI illegally searched your computer, your smartphone, or other electronic devices. If necessary he will file a Motion to exclude any illegally gathered evidence from Court. If you were arrested for materials which were on another person’s device then Michael will subpoena evidence and witnesses necessary to establishing that fact. A former prosecutor, our attorney is experienced at presenting cases to juries and will argue that you did not reasonably believe the materials were illegal. Being convicted of possessing child pornography will have a devastating impact on your life. We are ready to assist you in such situations. Contact our office today to schedule an initial consultation.

 

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