Sexual Exploitation & Child Pornography

The possession, publication, and/or production of child pornography is a serious criminal sex offense in Texas, and all other Texas jurisdictions.  In Texas, the formal criminal charge for child porn allegations is Sexual Exploitation of Children.  Accusations of possession or distribution of child pornography can often lead to a stigma that will affect one’s reputation in the community and damage their relationships with family and friends.  It is therefore essential that a person facing such allegations obtain legal assistance immediately.

Sexual Exploitation of Children is taken very serious by Texas prosecutors.  Anyone facing such a charge must have a knowledgeable, experienced, and aggressive Texas criminal defense attorney who specializes in Sexual Exploitation of Children crimes on their side as soon as possible.  The sex crimes criminal defense attorneys have years of experience in successfully representing clients who have found themselves facing this very scary situation.   Anyone facing accusations of sexual exploitation of children and child pornography are generally in a very embarassing situation whether or not they have actually committed the crime for which they have been accused.  Often, those charged with this crime are abandoned by their family and friends, and have minimal support as they go through the investigation process and then through the criminal justice system.  Our criminal defense attorneys recognize that every criminal defendant, even those facing these terrible accusations, deserve to be treated fairly and with dignity.  And every criminal defendant, whether guilty or innocent, deserves to be zealously represented by an experienced and aggressive criminal defense attorney.

Texas Exploitation of Children Criminal Defense – Experience Matters

The Texas sex crimes lawyers have years of experience and have assisted numerous clients facing sexual exploitation of children criminal charges.  In situations where our clients are falsely accused of such conduct, we ensure that our clients are treated fairly by the criminal justice system and that their rights are preserved.  We will fight the prosecutors trying to convict them throughout every stage of the process.  In addition to conducting important investigation and garnering witnesses who may assist in our defense, the use of experts in the fields of child psychology, computer forensics, and even sociology may be utilized.  Our Texas sexual exploitation defense attorneys work with only the most competent and respected experts in the state of Texas.

Where our clients have indeed committed the acts that they have been accused of, we will seek to help mitigate the legal consequences and to assist them in obtaining help with avoiding similar future conduct.  In these situations, we often advise our clients to go through an evaluation by a psychologist certified with the Texas Sex Offender Management Board at the outset of our representation.  Often, our attorneys can use the results and recommendations from this evaluation to help us in plea bargain negotations with the prosecution.  These evaluations and recommendations are also very useful with the judge at sentencing.  Because we recognize that those who have engaged in conduct leading to sexual exploitation criminal charges have often suffered abuse his or her self, or have some substance abuse or mental health issue, one of the most important goals for our lawyers is to make sure that our clients find and receive any help that he or she may personally require.

What is Sexual Exploitation of Children?

Texas law makes it a crime for any person to prepare, arrange, publish, or possess, sexually exploitative material of children.  Such material is generally referred to as child pornography.  What this means is that it is illegal to possess, distribute, or make any material that depicts a child (anyone under the age of 18) in a sexually exploitative situation, including but not limited to “erotic fondling”, “erotic nudity”, ”explicit sexual conduct”, “masturbation”, and “sadomasochism”.  If you find yourself accused of possessing, distributing or creating such material, you will find the  criminal justice system to be harsh and unwavering as such criminal offenses are aggressively prosecuted and most often treated with disdain by the courts.  A person accused of such conduct will often find that the only person that they have in their corner is an experienced criminal defense attorney who has compassion for what he or she is going through.

Sentencing for Felony Criminal Conviction of Sexual Exploitation of Children

In addition to the stigma of such a conviction and the damage to your reputation with friends and family, the potential consequences for a felony conviction of sexual exploitation of children are serious.  The specific consequences vary depending on the specific act committed.  Mere possession of child pornography, for example, is not treated as severely as the creation or distribution of child pornography.  Also, the number or amount of child pornography material possessed or distributed can significantly affect  the potential punitive consequences that one may face.

With any felony conviction for sexual exploitation of a child, the sentencing can be severe and may even include a lengthy jail or prison sentence.  In fact, with the most serious types of sexual exploitation of children convictions, the potential sentence may be a minium of 2 years in the Texas Department of Corrections and up to a maximum of the offender’s life.

Even when someone who has been convicted of sexual exploitation of a child for possession or distribution of child pornography is lucky enough to avoid a jail or prison sentence, the consequences are significant.  Texas law requires every person convicted of a sex offense to register as a sex offender and to undergo a sex offense specific evaluation and subsequent treatment.  These can be very burdensome requirements that are often very difficult to comply with.

The Texas Sexual Exploitation of Children Criminal Defense Attorneys believe that it is our job to help our clients receive the best possible representation and to reach the best possible resolution.  If you are finding yourself accused of or charged with the criminal offense of sexual exploitation of a child in Texas or any other Texas jurisdiction, we understand the fear and anxiety that you are probably feeling.  Please contact us for a FREE Consultation and we will schedule a time to meet with you so that we may discuss a defense strategy that will work towards a positive resolution.

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