Child Pornography

We Aggressively Defend Those Accused Of Producing Or Possessing Child Pornography

Any image, video or computer-generated images that depict a minor (anyone under the age of 18) in a sexually explicit manner constitute child pornography. Producing or possessing such imagery is not protected by the First Amendment, but rather is considered to be in possession of illegal contraband under federal law. In addition, producing and possessing child pornography are also against the law in Virginia, which means someone accused of this sex crime can face prosecution at the state or federal level, depending on the circumstances of the case.

In many child pornography cases, prosecutors will investigate for months, gathering piece after piece of evidence, all before bringing charges against an individual. It's a strategy that can intimidate defendants into taking plea deals that don't adequately defend their rights or result in an outcome that is in their best interests.

At Boyce, Leahy & Francescon, Lawyers, we believe in giving you your day in court and seeking the justice owed to you by law. We start defending your reputation, rights and future freedoms the moment we take your case, and we won't stop defending you until a judge makes his or her ruling.

We Have Experience Handling Felony Cases

In Virginia, child pornography is divided into three separate charges, all of which constitute felonies:

  1. Production: Knowingly and intentionally producing videographic or still images involving a nonconsenting person under the age of 18.
  2. Possession: Knowingly possessing sexually explicit imagery of a minor.
  3. Distribution: Copying, reproducing, selling or distributing child pornography by any means.

Whether someone is physically producing, possessing or distributing child pornography (offline offense), or doing so over the Internet (online offense), the consequences are the same. Child pornography laws in Virginia are incredibly strict and can result in minimum prison sentences, extensive maximum prison sentences, steep fines and the possibility of sex offender registration.

Additionally, child pornography investigations often include additional criminal charges, which may include sexual assault of a minor, lewd and lascivious acts and solicitation of a minor.

'Sexting' Is A Crime In Virginia

Sexting is a relatively new term that refers to the transmission of sexually explicit or naked pictures of a minor via text message or other picture messaging services on cellular devices. Juveniles who take nude pictures of themselves then share them with their friends or classmates may be inadvertently creating child pornography, which can lead to criminal charges and the need for legal counsel.

We're Prepared To Take On Any Challenge

As a former police officer, founding attorney William Boyce understands how police and prosecutors think, which means he also knows how to find and point out weaknesses in the prosecution in order to get charges downgraded, dismissed or dropped altogether. We will conduct a thorough review of your case, the evidence against you and will pursue alternative leads if it helps your case. Whether this leads to a deal or trial, we will only do what is in your best interests.

Serving Prince William County And Northern Virginia

Whether you're a juvenile or adult, if you've been accused of producing, possession or distributing child pornography, you need to speak to an experienced criminal defense attorney right away. Your case could be prosecuted at the state or federal level, and you need an attorney who can be your guide at any level.

At Boyce, Leahy & Francescon, Lawyers, in Manassas, we have the necessary experience and the passion for seeking justice. If you would like to meet with one of our skilled attorneys, call 703-656-7349 or use our online contact form to schedule a confidential consultation to discuss your case.