Child Pornography

Begin Planning Your Defense and Protecting Your Future With a Skilled Attorney

Allegations related to the sexual exploitation of a child are taken very seriously by prosecutors and police officials. Child pornography cases are often investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Secret Service, the Department of Homeland Security, as well as the Department of Children's Services, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI), and the local law enforcement agencies, including the Shelby County Sheriff's Department and Memphis Police Department. These investigators often build cases against suspects before obtaining a search warrant or an arrest warrant.

If you have been charged with an offense relating to child pornography or child abuse, the federal government will work hard to convict you. This makes it imperative to hire an experienced attorney to mount an aggressive, strategic defense for you.

Mr. Jones has handled countless high-profile child pornography cases, and he will provide an aggressive defense against your charges.

What Is Child Pornography?

Any visual depiction of a child in a sexual or suggestive manner may be considered child pornography. This includes videos, photographs, digital images, computer-generated images, and any media that has been altered or simulated to depict a minor in a sexual manner. Undeveloped film or video that can be converted into visual representations of child pornography is also deemed illegal to possess or distribute.

Child pornography also includes the sexual exploitation of children such as creating sexual images and videos on cellphones and computers, for the purpose of producing pornographic content.

Who Monitors Child Porn on the Internet?

Many law enforcement organizations across the country take part in monitoring child pornography on the Internet. Throughout the United States, more than 60 different Internet Crimes Against Children task forces actively monitor the creation, possession and distribution of child porn. These ICAC task forces are led by state and local law enforcement agencies, with the full support of the FBI and local agencies. It should be noted that simply deleting or erasing images from your computer may not save you from being prosecuted.

What Laws Govern Child Pornography?

Child pornography is termed legally obscene by federal law and state law, meaning that the possession of child pornography is not protected by the First Amendment. Possession, creation and distribution of child pornography are federal offenses, and in some cases, an offender may be charged and prosecuted under Tennessee child pornography laws.

What Are the Different Penalties for Child Pornography Charges?

Currently, convictions relating to child pornography offenses result in a wide range of penalties.

  • Possession: Mere possession of any material considered to be child pornography may result in a five-year minimum sentence or lengthy probation terms.
  • Distribution: A conviction for distribution of child pornography, whether through electronic means or physical transfer, carries a sentence of five to 20 years in prison for first-time offenders.
  • Production: A conviction for filming or photographing children or exploiting minors can carry a minimum sentence of 10 years in prison, with violent or pre-pubescent images resulting in up to life in prison.

Discuss Your Situation With a Memphis Child Pornography Lawyer Before It's Too Late

If you have been charged with possession, distribution or production of child pornography, or have learned that you are under investigation for such a crime, it is important to act quickly.

At The Law Offices of Jeffrey Jones, our Bartlett sex crimes lawyer has the extensive experience and skill needed to help Tennessee residents fight the severe penalties resulting from a child pornography conviction. Call 901-410-5751 to learn how we can help. Please note that we cannot discuss your case online or on the telephone, as your telephone may be subject to wiretap.