Few crimes evoke as much outrage as those which involve child victims. It is important to note that one need not come into physical contact with a child to be convicted of a sexual offense. Simply viewing child pornography from a computer can lead to state or federal charges. A conviction for possessing child pornography can have devastating consequences. Offenders will be subject to fines, jail time, and often a lifetime registration on the sex offender registry. Further, such crimes can cause horrendous damage to one’s standing in the community. Defendants charged with child pornography related offenses may find it difficult to find employment, housing, or even foster personal relationships. If you or a loved one has been charged with a pornography related offense then it is important that you retain counsel immediately. Omar Abdelghany is a Panama City criminal lawyer handling such matters. Contact our office today to speak with an attorney.
Criminal defense lawyer assisting Panama City defendants with child porn cases
Florida classifies child pornography related offenses into multiple categories. Those who use a child in a sexual performance, promote a sexual performance by a child, or possess child-related pornographic materials with the intent of promoting them may be charged with a second degree felony. Such offenses can result in fines up to $10,000 and fifteen years in prison. Defendants that are accused of knowingly possessing, controlling or intentionally viewing child pornopgrahy are typically charged with a third degree felony and may face a fine of up to $5,000 and a five year prison sentence. The possession or distribution of child pornography can also result in federal criminal charges.
Child pornography cases will begin after it has been shown that there is probable cause to believe that an offense occurred. The defendant will enter a plea of “guilty” or “not guilty” and a trial date will be set. These cases often hinge on evidence which law enforcement obtained from the defendant’s smartphone, computer, or residence. If law enforcement found such evidence by violating the accused’s rights against an unreasonable search then it may be possible to have the materials excluded from court. Depending on the circumstances, such an exclusion may result in a dismissal of the charges. It may also be possible to gain a dismissal by showing that the materials do not actually constitute “child pornography” or that First Amendment protections apply. If a dismissal cannot be obtained then it will be the prosecution’s burden to show that the defendant knowingly and intentionally possessed the materials. These matters involve complicated legal issues and it is important to speak with a lawyer.
Omar Abdelghany is a Panama City criminal defense attorney. He will review any available public documents before your initial consultation so that he may gain an understanding of your situation. Omar will then acquire all evidence which the prosecution is required to provide and conduct any necessary investigation. If he believes that the evidence against you was obtained in violation of the Fourth Amendment then he will file the necessary Motions. If a dismissal is not attainable and a resolution cannot be reached then Omar will not hesitate to take your case to trial and fight to preserve your rights. Our firm recognizes the serious nature of your situation. We are ready to assist you.
Panama City criminal defense attorney providing quality services to Florida residents charged with a child pornography related offense
Omar prides himself on providing quality service. This includes his personally handling all aspects of your case. He will also provide a high level of lawyer-client communication. He will promptly return messages, phone calls, and will keep you updated on the status of your case. We understand that many attorneys fail to communicate with their clients. We strive to be different in this regard. We are honored to serve those in Panama City. Contact us today.
Omar also serves clients in the Bay County cities of Callaway, Lynn Haven, and Panama City Beach as well as Calhoun County residents in Blountstown, Holmes County residents in Bonifay, Gulf County residents in Port St. Joe, Okaloosa County residents in Destin, Jackson County residents in Marianna, and Washington County residents in Chipley. He is also licensed to practice in federal court before the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida.