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Child Pornography

Child Pornography Defense Lawyer Minneapolis

Both the state and federal governments have devoted vast resources to combat child pornography. And if you have been charged with this crime, you need Minnesota Child Pornography Lawyer F. T. Sessoms by your side to use his talents to defend your case.

Many individuals have been caught and prosecuted for producing and/or distributing child pornography. But Minnesota Child Pornography Lawyer F. T. Sessoms has successfully defended these charges, often with the use of expert testimony.

In State v. Fingal, the Minnesota Court of Appeals held that the child pornography statute, “…provides that only those “knowing or with reason to know [a work’s] content and character” can be found guilty of possession of a pornographic work. Minn. Stat. § 617.247, subd. 4. The relevant definition of ‘pornographic work’ at Minn. Stat. § 617.246 subd. 1(f), refers to depictions of sexual activity involving minors. Therefore, those who neither knew or had reason to know that a site a site contained child pornography or depicted real children would not be at risk under the statute.”

I have successfully used a forensic computer expert on a number of occasions to demonstrate all of the images of alleged child pornography were contained in temporary internet cache on the client’s computer.

The creation of temporary internet files is a function of the computer. When an individual surfs the web, files are downloaded to this location for quick availability by the computer, not by the user, if the site is revisited. The computer downloads the files without the knowledge of the user and can contain images that the user was not aware of or did not see. Thus under Fingal, the defendant would not be guilty of possession of child pornography.

There are times when an individual may involuntarily receive an email from someone else that contains child pornography. Deleting the email doesn’t necessarily rid the computer of the content and that means a person can still be accused of possessing child pornography even if they didn’t have anything to do with it being on their computer. Other times an individual may be misdirected to a website without ever downloading the illegal images contained on the illegal site.  But a record, or “thumbnail” of the image may be on the computer without their knowledge.  It is very important that you have an attorney working for you who is able to thoroughly investigate where the pornography came from so it can be proven that no crime has been committed.

Whether you committed the act or not, you do have rights and you need to ensure that they are protected. With the representation of the experienced Minnesota Child Pornography Lawyer F. T. Sessoms, you can fight the charges and the consequences of conviction and receive the correct result in the conclusion of the case.

Effectively Challenging Child Pornography Charges

It is very important to fight child pornography charges because any individual who is convicted will have their reputation destroyed, will serve a prison term of up to 7 years (or longer in federal court) and be fined up to $10,000.  The conviction will also require the person to register as a sex offender for the rest of the person’s life.

Skilled & Knowledgeable Representation

Minnesota Child Pornography Lawyer F. T. Sessoms will carefully review all of the evidence and will focus on  how the child pornography was discovered by the police. The authorities may have been overly aggressive in obtaining the evidence giving rise to various constitutional challenges which may be made to prevent the use of the evidence in court. If the government’s evidence against you was acquired illegally, then your rights have been violated and the government’s case will fall apart.

Minnesota Criminal Defense Attorney F.T. Sessoms has successfully defended a number of child pornography cases and many other Minnesota sex crimes and he will use his experience, skill and dedication to successfully defend you to obtain the best possible outcome for your case.

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Child pornography is very serious, as it involves the production and/or distribution of videos or images of children in sexual situations. If you or a loved one has been charged with child pornography, you do not have to accept the charges. Instead, you can fight them with the help of an experienced defense attorney.

To learn more about your rights and options, contact me, Minneapolis Criminal Defense Lawyer F.T. Sessoms, at 612-344-1505 and request a consultation as I would be happy to discuss your case with you.