Do’s and Don’ts When You Are Suspected of Child Pornography Charges

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    Do: Hire a lawyer ASAP

    There is simply no reason to wait. Too many people come up with any number of reasons why they shouldn’t hire a lawyer right away. It will make them look guilty. The case will just go away. It will be too expensive. They have nothing to hide and therefore a lawyer is not needed. They are innocent. They can explain it away on their own. The list goes on and on. The simple fact is that this is a serious situation and everything may be on the line. If you are not charged, hiring a lawyer will not cause the police to charge you. If you wind up never being charged, hiring a lawyer may cost you very little. Thus, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

    <u>Don’t: Speak to the police without a lawyer</u>

    Lawyers worldwide continue to be baffled by the amount of people that speak to the police without a lawyer. While defendants suspected or charged with any crime speak to the police, the number of defendants suspected of child pornography tend to speak to police at a more greater frequency. This makes it very difficult to defend the charges but of course, not impossible. Even if you don’t plan to make a confession, a denial can still cut off a number of avenues of escape that a defense attorney could have used. Simply put, keeping quiet gives your lawyer many options instead of just one or two.

    <b>Do: Expect the worst</b>

    When faced with a stressful situation, a natural defense mechanism is to seek out information and advice that will make the person feel better. This can lead to a false sense of security. Criminal defense lawyers often get phone calls from prospective clients who are not looking to hire them but instead, are looking to be convinced that they don’t need a lawyer. As strange as this may sound, it makes perfect sense. If you are under investigation for any crime, you want someone to tell you that its going to be all right. Of course, no one can tell you that. You have to expect the worst and prepare accordingly. By preparing for the worst, you can work to avoid it. Otherwise, you may be blindsided.

    <b>Don’t: Panic</b>

    Of course, expecting the worst could lead to panic. That solves nothing. If anything, it could cause you to act in an irrational manner. Except the fact that there are certain things in life that you cannot control. If you have already hired a lawyer than you have already done everything you can at this point. The case has to play out and you have to keep a level head. Clearly, you have some important decisions ahead of you.

    <b>Do: Gather as much money as possible</b>

    You have to be prepared to be without employment if you are arrested. In additional to legal fees and bail money, you may need to support yourself without employment until the case blows over. Child pornography charges often make the news paper and as a result, you may be fired from your job. You have to plan for this scenario but hope that it could be avoided. If you are an “at will employee”, you can be fired for any reason and thus, you may have no recourse if you are fired just because you are charged. You may also have to put off any big purchases and sell whatever you can to raise funds.

    <b>Don’t: Shop for a lawyer based upon price</b>

    If you are eventually fired, money will become a big issue. However, too many people shop for a lawyer based upon price. As the old saying goes, you get what you pay for. Not every criminal defense lawyer can handle a child pornography case. In fact, most probably can’t given the large number of convictions. You have to realize that everything is on the line and you want the best defense possible. Likewise, that doesn’t mean that the most expensive lawyer is the best for you either.

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