A 54-year-old Indian River man was arrested arraigned in Michigan recently on child pornography charges. The man is a previously convicted sex offender, and it is also alleged that he had violated Michigan’s Sex Offender Registry Act. Michigan State Police determined that the man had contact with a certain minor on Snapchat. It is further alleged that he had an inappropriate conversation with that individual.
As the investigation into the allegations unfolded, police found that the suspect might have used several cell phones, cameras and a computer to access child pornography. The man was also charged with three counts of possession of child sexually abusive material, using a computer to commit a crime and failure to register as a sex offender. It is believed that the man in custody might have also had contact with other minors.
As per Indian River criminal defense attorney Jeffrey H. Garland, possession of child pornography in Florida is a felony in the third degree. The crime is punishable by up to five years in prison, five years of probation and a fine of up to $5,000. Failure to register as a sex offender in Florida carries the same penalties. As per Florida Statutes 827.071(5)(a), each image of child pornography can be charged as a separate offense. For example, if a person is in possession of 20 images that violate Florida’s child pornography laws, that person could face 20 counts of possession of child pornography.
A person who is convicted of child pornography in Florida would be required to register as a sex offender in Florida. If the offender takes up residence anywhere else in the United States, he or she would also be required register there.
There are certain defenses to a charge of possession of child pornography. If you have been charged with this crime, don’t give police a statement or confession. It will only be used against you in the future. Contact Indian River child pornography defense attorney Jeffrey H. Garland right away. Mr. Garland is board certified as a criminal trial lawyer by the Florida Supreme Court. He is highly regarded by both prosecutors and judges, and he has extensive experience in defending cases involving the use of computers. You can contact Mr. Garland to arrange for an individualized consultation and case review at 772-489-2200.