One Improper Photo Could Land You Behind Bars

My name is Marc E. Hart. My law firm is devoted exclusively to criminal defense, bringing 30 years of criminal trial experience to your situation. Rather than just going for the quick and easy plea, my mindset is to vigorously fight the allegations, win the case at trial, or find the leverage necessary to minimize the penalties and collateral consequences in every client’s case.

In the eyes of the law, the consumers of illegal pornography are as culpable as those who produce it. Knowingly viewing, possessing or distributing sexual images of young children is a serious felony, punishable by up to four years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000, plus sex offender status.

If you have been arrested or questioned for exploiting a child for pornographic purposes, including the act of viewing or downloading such images over the Internet, contact Marc E. Hart immediately. The Royal Oak criminal defense practice of The Law Offices of Marc E. Hart handles sex crimes, representing the accused in Oakland, Wayne and Macomb counties.

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Sexual Exploitation Of Children · Possession Of Pornographic Material

Anyone who participates in the chain of sexual exploitation is subject to prosecution, including:

  • Possession of child pornography
  • Distribution of child pornography
  • Sexual exploitation for pornographic purposes
  • Rape or sexual abuse of a child
  • Sexting of images of underage persons

The Michigan Supreme Court recently affirmed passive viewing of sexualized and sexually abusive images or videos of children on a computer or Smartphone constitutes possession, even if the images are not saved, printed or shared. This ruling makes it more difficult to deny that one engaged in or contributed to exploitation.

However, there are still viable defenses to these charges. Did you accidentally download illegal images while surfing for legal porn? Did you delete such images? Did someone hijack your computer or credit card account? Who else had access to your computer or phone? Were you enticed or entrapped by undercover officers? Did police have a valid warrant or probable cause to search your home, seize your computer or obtain your Internet usage records?

The proliferation of sexting among teenagers and young adults can lead to criminal pornography charges. Your son or daughter can face criminal charges for sharing nude pictures or videos, even if the acts were consensual or were not intended to be distributed to others. This is especially dangerous if a boyfriend age 18 or older possesses or shares illegal images of a girlfriend who is 16 or younger.

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Marc Hart has practiced in criminal law for over 30 years, and began his career as a prosecuting attorney. He has a strong track record of favorable outcomes in serious felony cases, including computer sex crime charges. Swift intervention by a skilled lawyer can sometimes prevent unfounded charges or an embarrassing arrest. The legal team at The Law Offices of Marc E. Hart will take every measure to avoid a conviction for child pornography or to prevent or limit a prison term and sex offender registry.

If you need a child pornography defense attorney in the Detroit area, call 248-397-5899 or email us to arrange a free consultation.