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South Jersey Child Pornography Defense Lawyers

Respected Criminal Defense Lawyers Represent Clients Accused of Child Pornography Crimes Across New Jersey

If you have been accused of a crime involving child pornography, you are very likely already experiencing punishment that may feel like conviction.  The stigma associated with crimes related to children and pornography can damage your reputation long before trial. You need the strongest possible lawyer by your side to fight to protect your rights every step of the way.

At Gelman Law, LLC, you will receive non-judgmental, experienced legal representation from our respected criminal defense lawyers regardless of the charges against you.  Every client we take on receives our full attention and tested legal skills. Our primary goal in every case is to obtain a not guilty verdict—or to have your charges dismissed before even entering the courtroom.

Conviction for child pornography under New Jersey law carries penalties that are as serious as the crime itself.  We know you might be reluctant to reach out for help if charged with child pornography in New Jersey—but time is of the essence in these complex cases.  Rest assured that your consultation with our lawyer is kept completely confidential. 

Speaking with an experienced lawyer is key to getting your life back on track.  Schedule your confidential case review with our experienced New Jersey child pornography defense lawyers by calling our office or simply fill out this online contact form.

Categories of “Child Pornography” in New Jersey

Child pornography is actually a blanket term that can cover a number of criminal offenses involving the possession, creation, viewing, distribution or even receipt of child pornography.  Increases in modern technology have even led to situations where parents find themselves facing situations where their children are charged with child pornography offenses based on internet and smartphone use.

Examples of child pornography offenses in New Jersey include:

Knowing possession or viewing of child pornography is generally a third-degree crime under New Jersey law.  Distribution or sharing of child pornography is a second-degree charge in most circumstances.  

Regardless of the degree of the charge, child pornography charges must be taken extremely seriously.  In the court of public opinion, degree can often be overlooked. Even conviction on “minor” child pornography charges can damage your future when potential employers, landlords and even bank lenders have access to your criminal record.  If convicted, the punishment is even more severe. Child pornography convictions may carry:

New Jersey and federal laws that apply in child pornography cases can make it difficult for judges to avoid harsh penalties—even if your charges are based on mistakenly opening a file or your teenager’s use of the Internet. 

At Gelman Law, LLC, our top-rated criminal defense lawyers analyze your case from every angle to fight to get charges against you reduced or dropped if possible. 

Our Talented Burlington County, NJ Criminal Defense Lawyers Have the Skill and Resources to Beat Child Pornography Charges

As a former Burlington County prosecutor, our founding attorney knows what it takes to build a strong defense in difficult child pornography cases.  We work with respected experts in the field as we work on creating an effective defense, including computer experts, psychologists and others who can present a compelling case to support a not guilty verdict.

Child pornography charges are often difficult to defend.  Judges and juries walk into the courtroom with their own set of values and beliefs.  You need a lawyer with the skills needed to break through these boundaries and provide an effective defense.  At Gelman Law, LLC, we begin your case with fresh eyes and analyze every piece of evidence to question how police and prosecutors arrived at your charges.  To learn more, call our offices today.

Contact an Experienced South Jersey Child Pornography Defense Lawyer for a Confidential Consultation Today

Allegations of child pornography carry a stigma that is greater than even some charges of a violent nature—even if you are not being accused of so much as coming into contact with another person.  The need to protect children from exploitation is so strong that you can even become subject to harsh penalties without even realizing you have committed a crime. Our defense lawyers are ready to begin working to make sure your rights are also protected.

To speak with our experienced South Jersey child pornography defense lawyers, call our office or fill out this online contact form today.

Frequently Asked Questions About Child Pornography Defense Strategies in Camden County, NJ

FAQ: Are there any enhanced punishments that apply to defendants convicted on child pornography charges in New Jersey?

Yes. In certain cases, enhanced charges may apply. For example, if a defendant is convicted of distributing at least 25 pieces of child pornography, mandatory minimum prison sentences apply—at least five years for first offenders and up to 10 years for repeat offenders. Under the No Early Release Act, defendants convicted on child pornography charges must serve at least 85% of their prison sentences in New Jersey

FAQ: Are there any real defenses to child pornography charges?

Defenses to child pornography can be difficult to establish, but they are available. In some cases, it may be possible to prove that the individuals in the photos or videos were at least 18 years old. It can also be a defense if you received child pornography, but promptly destroyed it. As with any other criminal investigation or charge, the prosecution and law enforcement are also required to respect all of your constitutional rights. Constitutional violations may be grounds for having evidence dismissed or even the charges against you reduced or dropped.

FAQ: Is it a defense to child pornography charges if the actors appeared to be adults?

No. A conviction for child pornography can stick even if the defendant believed that the images depicted adults who were at least 18 years old.

FAQ: Will I go to jail if convicted and it’s my first offense?

It depends upon the degree of crime charged. If convicted for first or second-degree crimes, a presumption of incarceration applies. However, for third-degree offenses relating to possession alone, probation may be available if you have no prior convictions.

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