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If you are being investigated or charged with possessing or producing child sexually abusive materials, or facing related charges such as Internet solicitation of a minor, you need a discreet and dependable Michigan criminal defense attorney on your side.
In Michigan, knowingly possessing child pornography (which includes certain depictions of child nudity) is a felony punishable by up to 4 years in prison, thousands of dollars in fines, and registration on the Michigan sex offender registry for 25 years or longer. Distributing and producing child pornography are more serious felonies, potentially leading to far greater penalties. In addition, separate charges may be added if a computer was used to access or produce child pornography.
Recently, the Michigan Supreme Court has held that viewing child pornography on the Internet may, in certain circumstances, constitute "possession" of such depictions, even if a person never downloaded any images onto a computer.
"Sexting" has also resulted in individuals being charged with possession of child pornography and other related offenses. In Michigan, there is currently a logical disconnect between what is defined as "child pornography." At this time, the age of consent in Michigan is 16. However, in Michigan an image is "child pornography" if includes nudity of individuals who are under 18 years old.
An effective defense against child pornography charges will require a thorough knowledge of the elements of the laws involved; in some cases, it will also require testimony from forensic computer experts.
Whether you wish to take responsibility for certain actions or to fight any charges all the way through trial, demanding that the prosecution prove every element of each charge beyond a reasonable doubt, you should consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney. At the Leydorf Law Firm, we understand the impact that a child pornography prosecution can have on a client's life. We are ready to investigate the specific circumstances of your case, advise you about the possible consequences of various strategic decisions that you may have to make, and protect your rights.
We have a statewide practice and have represented clients in over 50 counties across Michigan. We will work efficiently and effectively on your behalf.