Sending or Copying Child Pornography Carries Serious Penalties
A financial transaction is not required for a person to be charged with distribution of child pornography, also referred to as trafficking. A person can be charged if he or she trades a file or even e-mails a single Internet child porn file to another person.
While charges of manufacturing child pornography certainly apply to people who are accused of creating pictures and videos, the crime has been charged much more liberally. People have been charged with this crime after simply making a copy of an illegal file.
The Law Firm of Frank Stanley, PC, uses more than 30 years of criminal defense experience to defend clients accused of distribution or manufacture of child pornography. The firm has represented clients in Michigan and nationwide in these felony cases.
Attacking the Charges
In an effort to crack down on child pornography, people are being charged with distribution or manufacture when possession would be the more appropriate charge.
For example, a person may be charged with manufacture simply for taking a file off the Internet and downloading it to his or her computer. The rationale is that the person is making a copy that did not exist before, thus that person has manufactured child pornography. Attorney Frank Stanley and his legal team know how to take on overzealous prosecutors who try to manipulate the law and overstep their bounds.
In one of many successes in child porn distribution and manufacturing cases, the firm represented a man convicted and given a 20-year sentence. The man had been accused of downloading images and burning them to CDRs, and was charged with production and distribution. The firm fought for five years to get the sentence adjusted, based on the fact that there was no evidence of actual production or intent to distribute. The firm succeeded in reducing the sentence by more than half. Learn more about this and other successes.