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Plano, Texas Child Pornography Defense Attorney

Tarrant County Child Porn Defense Attorney

Lawyer in Fort Worth Area for Clients Charged with Possession, Creating, or Promoting Child Pornography

If you have been arrested and charged with any offense related to the creation, distribution, or possession of child pornography, it is crucial that you seek legal representation immediately. The mere suggestion that a child may have been exploited is, of course, extremely alarming, and those who are thought to have been connected to child pornography to any extent will face severe criminal consequences and penalties that will affect the rest of their lives.

At The Crowder Law Firm, P.C. in Plano, TX, we understand that not all allegations related to child pornography are true. We also know that "sweeps" and other efforts by law enforcement to catch child predators often entangle well-meaning and innocent individuals. If you or someone you love is facing any type of child pornography charges, our team is equipped to provide the aggressive defense that you deserve.

Understanding Texas Child Pornography Laws

In the state of Texas, the laws that pertain to child pornography are contained in Title 9 of the Texas Penal Code, which addresses "Offenses Against Public Order and Decency." Specifically, such laws prohibit the production, distribution, or possession of photos, videos, digital files, or other materials that depict a child under the age of 18 "engaging in sexual conduct." For the purposes of the law, sexual conduct includes actual or simulated intercourse, sexual contact, and "lewd exhibition of the genitals," among other behaviors.

A person who intentionally or knowingly possesses or accesses with intent to view child pornography can be charged with a third-degree felony for a first offense, which carries up to ten years in state prison and fines of up to $10,000. A second offense is a second-degree felony, punishable by up to 20 years in prison, and a third offense is a first-degree felony, which could lead to 99 years in prison.

Depending on the quantity or nature of the visual materials found, the charges could be elevated to possession with intent to promote. Intent to promote is a second-degree felony for a first offense and first-degree felony for subsequent offenses.

The production of child pornography falls under the offense of "sexual performance by a child." If the child is under the age of 14, the charge is a first-degree felony. If the child in question is over age 14 but under 18, the charge is a second-degree felony.

Federal Child Pornography Charges

In addition to charges filed by county prosecutors on behalf of the state of Texas, it is also possible to face child pornography charges filed by United States Attorneys acting on behalf of the federal government. The use of the internet and the prevalence of child trafficking related to child pornography make the issue one of great interest to the nation as a whole. Federal charges for child pornography carry severe penalties, which may include a minimum of five years in federal prison for a first offense. The severity of the charges and the consequences will depend, however, on the quantity and nature of the materials found.

Protecting Your Rights in McKinney and Garland

Attorney Darlina Crowder and her team understand that there are at least two sides to every story, even when allegations of child pornography are involved. If you are facing charges, you can depend on us to advocate on your behalf every step of the way. We are committed to the principle that every defendant is innocent until proven guilty, and we will fight to ensure that your rights are fully protected. Our team has secured more than 200 not-guilty verdicts and acquittals for our clients, and we are ready to put our experience to work for you.

Call 214-303-9600 Today

For more information about child pornography laws in Texas, contact our office. Call 214-303-9600 for a free, confidential consultation today. The Crowder Law Firm, P.C. represents clients in Plano, Dallas, Fort Worth, McKinney, Garland, Denton, Collin County, Tarrant County, Grayson County, and the rest of North Texas. Se habla Espanol.

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