Sex Crimes Involving Children
If you have been accused of possessing child pornography or of any other sex crime involving a minor, the consequences you face are potentially devastating: a lengthy prison sentence, followed by lifetime registration as a sex offender. To protect your future, you should contact an experienced Champaign criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. At Patel Law, P.C., we bring years of experience to the defense of people accused of child pornography and other sex crimes involving minors. Attorney Baku N. Patel is a former federal prosecutor, former Champaign County and Vermilion County senior prosecutor, and former U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General capable of defending you in Federal Court.
The Benefits of Retaining a Federal Defense Attorney
Child pornography charges are often tried in federal court, where the penalties are far more severe than in Illinois state court. Under federal sentencing guidelines, you could face up to 30 years in prison depending on the number of child-pornographic images on your computer. Child pornography cases are typically investigated by Immigrations and Custom Enforcement (ICE), as countries outside the United States are typically the source of child porn images and videos. Investigators track the downloading of images from file sharing software such as LimeWire and Shareaza and then obtain search warrants to search the computers that downloaded the files. Defenses in child porn cases often focus on issues such as:
- Did police have a valid search warrant?
- Did other people have access to your computer?
- Did you download the image inadvertently?
Defending You from Enticement Charges
Child enticement or solicitation charges usually result from posts on social networking sites. Police officers may pose as children on these sites and track a target's actions. The officers may try to set up a meeting, at which time an arrest is made. Entrapment is often used as a defense, so do not hesitate to retain a lawyer if you've been charged with luring a minor via the internet.
Consult with an Attorney in Champaign, IL
Patel Law, P.C. has provided knowledgeable and skilled defense in all types of criminal defense cases for nearly 20 years. If you are in need of a capable defense attorney, call today or complete our firm's free online case evaluation form to get started and learn what we can do for you. Attorney Patel has tried more than 200 cases to verdict and is more than qualified to defend you from child pornography charges. Contact the firm today to get started on your defense.