Strong Defense Against Child Pornography Charges

In recent decades, federal law enforcement has prioritized cracking down on child pornography and other online sex offenses. Advances in computer forensics have made it possible to track files and users online. However, this evidence does not always make for a watertight case. Questions often arise regarding key issues such as:

  • Who actually had access to the computer
  • Whether that person was aware of the incriminating files
  • Whether the material itself amounts to child porn

The law itself is not rock-solid in this area. Multiple courts have cast doubt on the constitutionality of sweeping provisions that restrict freedom of expression. For instance:

  • In 2004, a federal district court held that in light of evidence that the Internet Child Pornography Act had resulted in massive suppression of speech protected by the First Amendment, the act was unconstitutional.
  • Courts have found that the statutory ban on virtual child pornography in the Child Pornography Prevention Act restricts the freedom to engage in lawful speech and thus is overly broad and unconstitutional under the First Amendment.

What does this mean for you? Put simply, you should never assume that the prosecution has you cornered. There may be a multitude of ways to fight the charges — if you know where to look.

Let Our Experience Be Your Advantage

At Shaffer & Engle Law Offices, LLC, we understand this complex area of law, and we're no strangers to handling federal charges in Pennsylvania. Our attorneys know how to pinpoint weaknesses in the government's case. When you enlist our help, you will benefit from our 65-plus years of combined experience — including experience as a former prosecutor.

Call our office in Harrisburg at 717-827-4074 to learn more. It won't cost you anything to take advantage of an initial consultation.