Houston Distribution of Child Pornography Attorney
Distribution of Child Pornography Attorneys in Houston, League City, and Galveston
Few crimes in Texas are as sensationalized as child pornography. Society rightfully condemns the sexual exploitation of minors. But this does not mean that individuals accused of possessing or distributing child pornography should enjoy any lesser degree of protection in the criminal justice system. To the contrary, it is even more important to protect the constitutional due process rights of anyone accused of such heinous actions.
The Law Offices of Tad Nelson & Associates knows how to deal with sensitive cases like these. We understand not only the legal consequences of a child pornography accusation, but also the personal and emotional toil that such cases bring to the accused, their family, and the community at-large. But no matter how outraged the public may be at such allegations, we are firm and unwavering in our commitment to provide every criminal defendant the most zealous and effective representation possible.
What Constitutes Child Pornography in Texas?
Section 43.26 of the Texas Penal Code defines the offense of “possession or promotion of child pornography.” This section covers the knowing or intentional possession–or accessing “with intent to view”–the visual depiction of any person “younger than 18 years of age” engaging in any form of “sexual conduct.” The law is quite broad in its scope. Child pornography includes still photographs, as well as video recordings and any computer files containing images on a hard drive or other storage device. It is not necessary for the visual material to depict actual sexual intercourse–for purposes of the child pornography statute, “sexual conduct” encompasses simulated intercourse, masturbation, or “lewd exhibition” of a child’s genitals (including a female child’s breast).
Child pornography charges are among the most serious classes of felonies in Texas. For a first offense, possession or promotion is a third-degree felony punishable by up to 10 years in jail and a fine of $10,000. For subsequent convictions, possession of child pornography may be charged as a second- or first-degree felony, the latter carrying a potential 99-year prison sentence.
We Take Child Pornography Charges Seriously–and So Should You
You need to take any criminal charge seriously, but when you are under suspicion of possessing or distributing child pornography, you must act quickly to protect your rights. At the Law Offices of Tad Nelson & Associates, we will do everything possible to achieve a favorable outcome in your case. We understand that sometimes, the only way to clear your name is to proceed to trial and challenge the prosecution’s evidence directly. If you live in the Houston, Galveston, or League City areas and are facing child pornography or other serious felony charges, call us at (281) 280-0100 to schedule a consultation so we can sit down and learn more about your case.