Child pornography laws are strictly enforced by both Kentucky and the United States government. The public is quick to condemn a person who violates any of these laws. State and federal prosecutors are also quick to bring charges. A conviction can mean jail or prison time, a permanent criminal record, struggling to pass a background check, and having to register as a sex offender. If you or a loved one have been arrested then it is important to recognize the gravity of the situation and to retain an experienced criminal defense lawyer. Will Corrigan is a Louisville attorney handling charges involving child pornography. Will believes that everyone is entitled to quality representation and a fair day in court. Contact our office today to schedule an initial consultation.
Louisville lawyer handling charges involving the possession, distribution, or production of child pornography
It is crime to knowingly possess pornographic materials which depict children. In Kentucky, if one knowingly possesses or distributes such materials then they may be charged with Class D felonies. A conviction on a Class D felony can carry a sentence of 1-5 years in prison as well as the requirement of having to register as a sex offender. Possessing such materials can also result in federal criminal charges. Distributing or producing such materials may result in even greater penalties. The distribution of child pornography will result in Class D felony charges for a first offense but the charges will elevate to a Class C felony for subsequent offenses. Producing child pornography can result if Class A felony charges if the youth sustains injuries during the commission of the offense.
Kentucky felony cases typically begin with arraignment a probable cause hearing in the District Court. The Grand Jury will then issue an Indictment and the case will proceed in Circuit Court. Sometimes, prosecutors will take a sexual related offense directly to the Grand Jury, skipping the District Court process. If the defendant is still in custody, we will demand a bond reduction hearing. Matters involving pornography often involve issues of whether law enforcement illegally seized the materials in question. They may have violated the accused’s Fourth Amendment rights when obtaining materials from his or her computer, smartphone, or residence. If such a violation occurred then it may be possible to gain a dismissal after filing a Motion to Suppress such evidence. If the Motion is not successful, and a favorable resolution cannot be reached, then it will be necessary for the case to proceed to trial. It will be the prosecution’s burden to prove that the defendant knowingly possessed the materials. The jurors will decide the issue of guilt or innocence and the Judge will handle sentencing. Again, these are serious charges and it is important to retain an attorney familiar with such matters.
Will Corrigan aggressively protects the rights of those charged with pornography related offenses. Our Louisville lawyer will use your initial consultation to gain an understanding of what happened and to help you understand what you should expect from the process. He will obtain the police reports, witness statements, and other evidence from the prosecution. If Will believes that your Fourth Amendment rights were violated then he will file a Motion to Suppress with the Court and aggressively examine law enforcement at the evidentiary hearing. Depending on the facts of the case, such a Motion may result in a dismissal. Should a trial be necessary then he will make sure that you know what to expect from the process and that your case is prepared to go forward. We are proud of the level of representation we provide. Contact us online or by telephone today.
Attorney providing effective representation to Louisville residents facing porn related charges
Our attorney founded his firm with the belief that everyone is entitled to a fair trial and the highest level of respect. Will takes the steps to provide effective representation. This includes conducting a thorough investigation, interviewing necessary witnesses, and challenging the constitutionality of the applicable law if it is feasible to do so. He regularly provides clients with his cell phone number, quickly responds to telephone messages, and makes himself available to answer any questions you may have. This is our promise in every case we handle.