Arizona Sexual Exploitation of a Minor
Although an argument may be made for a person’s right to own pornography in general, short of hardcore obscenity, child pornography is considered anathema by most of society. Arizona has no tolerance for exploiting a child for one’s sexual gratification, and the laws are harsh, with severe penalties for those who are convicted.
That being said, there are various ways in which a person may be wrongly accused of this serious crime. If you are facing charges related to child pornography you are at a grave risk of losing your freedom for many, many years. There are defenses available, and you are to be presumed innocent until the prosecution proves you to be guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. A seasoned sex crimes lawyer with a nuanced understanding of the law and the Constitution is your best protection when you are being investigated, arrested, or charged with any activity related to child pornography or the exploitation of a minor. Having the best possible attorney may provide you with the only means to avoid prison, the loss of your good reputation, and if you ever are released, the requirement of having to register as a sex offender wherever you live for the remainder of your life.
Penalties for Crimes Related to Child Pornography in Arizona
Arizona law states that you can be charged with sexual exploitation of a minor if you create, distribute, or possess child pornography, meaning any depiction of sexual abuse of a child, i.e. child pornography, is prohibited by Arizona and federal law. Arizona’s penalties are some of the most stringent in the country. A conviction for possessing an image of a sexual act with a minor comes with a minimum penalty of 10 years in prison time for each violation. That means 10 years for possessing a single pornographic image, with each additional count (meaning each additional image) adding 10 more years to your sentence, which must be must be served consecutively. If you have downloaded only 10 pictures depicting a minor engaged in a sexual act, you could be sentenced to 100 years in prison! Because a person with one image often has others, the potential sentence can run easily into several hundreds of years. Arizona prisons now house people who are serving sentences of several hundred years for possessing collections images of child pornography!
Highly Experienced Child Pornography Defense Lawyer
If you have been accused of creating, possessing, or distributing child pornography in Arizona, you owe it to yourself to hire the best criminal defense lawyer you can find to represent you in fighting the charges. Among the best in the state is Howard A. Snader, an Arizona Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist since 1995, with offices in Scottsdale and Phoenix. He has earned the highest possible AVVO rating (10-Superb) from him peers in the legal community and has succeeded in having child pornography charges dismissed or reduced for numerous clients being charged with sex crimes and other criminal offenses, along with many winning acquittals at trial. He may be your best hope of keeping your freedom and your life as you now know it.
Have you been investigated, questioned, or arrested and charged with having child pornography? If so, waste no time in calling the Snader law offices. Don’t add to your risk by failing to obtain top rated legal counsel at the first sign that you are under investigation. Don’t offer the police any explanation or answer any questions without your lawyer present. It is your Constitutional right to remain silent, and you should do exactly that. Your future depends on it.
Your first consultation with Howard is free, and he offers convenient payment plans as well as accepting credit cards, so waste no time in calling for the help you need.