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When Child Pornography is a Federal Offense

Investigators for the federal government are cracking down on child pornography throughout the United States. One of the techniques used by federal law enforcement, including the FBI and Department of Homeland Security is to pretend to be individuals interested in child pornography in internet chat rooms and bulletin boards. Oftentimes, a federal law enforcement officer will enter into a sexual conversation with another individual in a chat room or bulletin board with the intent to see if they are interested in transmitting child pornography via email, a bulletin board or a file sharing program.

Federal officials will often mark child pornographic pictures with tracking code that notifies them whenever an illegal child pornographic picture is sent through the internet. Due to the fact that it is a serious federal crime to transmit child pornography over the internet, if you are being investigated or prosecuted for violating federal child pornography laws it is extremely important that you hire an experienced federal child pornography lawyer immediately. Chicago Child Pornography Lawyer Michael P. Schmiege has the experience, knowledge, and resources needed to establish a balance of power in federal criminal investigations and trials.

If you are being investigated or have been arrested on charges of transmitting or receiving child pornography over the internet, contact Chicago criminal defense attorney Michael P. Schmiege today and schedule a free, confidential consultation.

Charges of Possessing or Distributing Child Pornography in Chicago

It is a federal crime to posses or distribute child pornography. Federal child pornography investigations are usually extremely meticulous and can last for months if not years. Depending on the facts of a case, an individual being investigated or prosecuted for federal child pornography violations could face a multitude of charges under 18 USC 2252. There are specific criminal charges related to the mere possession or transmittal of child pornographic images, the criminal use of a “communication facility,” and charges related to the possession of obscene materials. Everyone of these individual federal child pornography charges demands comprehension of how the evidence was obtained, how it is used by prosecutors, and what sorts of criminal defenses are available to the individual being investigated or prosecuted. Depending on the specifics of the case, the age of a minor depicted in the pornographic images may impact sentencing or serve as a mitigating factor in determining culpability in child pornography cases.

Chicago Criminal Lawyer Fighting Federal Charges of Child Pornography

As a Chicago criminal defense lawyer, Michael P. Schmiege has represented numerous clients charged in Federal child pornography, Illinois child pornography cases and in sex crimes. Working with investigators, psychologists, and computer forensic experts, Mr. Schmiege will work to identify evidence and the manner it located itself onto a computer. This type of child porn evidence is often overlooked by other lawyers and federal investigators. In some cases, child pornography may end up on an individuals computer and hard drive unknowingly due to pop ups or unsolicited emails. In defending our clients, we look at these and other possibilities in challenging the investigation and prosecution.

It’s important to work with a lawyer who comprehends the federal criminal justice system. Michael P. Schmiege has the knowledge, experience and resources necessary to defend criminal charges and, if needed arrange a plea bargain that can reduce the sentence against our clients.

If you are being investigated or have been arrested on federal charges of possessing, transmitting or receiving child pornography over the internet, contact a Chicago criminal attorney at the Law Offices of Michael P. Schmiege today and schedule a free, confidential consultation.

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