A man fleeing Arizona on 10 felony counts of child pornography was recently captured in Jacksonville after eluding authorities for more than half a year, reports The Daily News in Mohave, Arizona.
Child pornography in Jacksonville and throughout Florida has become more prevalent than one might expect. Federal and local law enforcement agencies have entire units designated to attack people who are searching for, downloading, sending, receiving and making these images. They are very serious charges and can not only bring dishonor to a family, but result in serious prison time for someone convicted. But hiring an experienced and diligent Jacksonville Criminal Defense Attorney means getting someone who will challenge all aspects of the state’s case.
According to the news report, the man was first investigated in February, when law enforcement in Arizona got a tip that the 36-year-old had been trying to solicit minors online for sex. As they continued their investigation, they allegedly contacted the man at his house, but he left the area just after police began investigating.
The news article reports that during the investigation, police obtained a search warrant and found a “large amount” of pornography depicting children, which was stored electronically. Shortly after that, an arrest warrant was issued for him.
In Arizona, he faces 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, charges that are punishable in Arizona as a maximum of 10 years each in prison there. He is in Jacksonville awaiting extradition back to Arizona.
While seeing a headline of a person charged with child pornography is pretty shocking, these charges can be challenged through a variety of tactics by a Jacksonville Criminal Defense Attorney. For instance, the search warrant, how the evidence was obtained and how police determined the illegal materials belonged to the suspect can all be scrutinized.
Search warrant: Search warrants are obtained by law enforcement after they begin an investigation. After they gather information, they must put it in writing for a judge, who must be convinced to sign the warrant, which allows officers to take personal property from a person’s house in order to aid an investigation. But a good attorney will look at the documents and, after questioning police who worked the case, determine whether the information they had to convince the judge was fact or simply speculation on their part. Misleading the judge can get evidence thrown out.
How evidence was obtained: If police don’t have a search warrant, things may get tougher for the prosecution. Being able to point out that evidence was collected improperly is one quick way to get a trial judge mad at the police and prosecution and get key evidence removed from the case.
How police linked the suspect to the crime: In cases of child pornography in Jacksonville, a shared computer is sometimes a source of defense for the suspect. If several people use a computer and browse the Internet from it, pinpointing who the illicit materials belong to can be tough for the state. Also, if people use file-sharing web sties for legal uses but another person hacks into their computer and stores illegal material, it’s possible for someone to beat the charges.
While every case has its own unique set of facts, all cases have a defense and consulting with an experienced Jacksonville Criminal Defense Attorney quickly is always advantageous for the defendant.
The Forbess Law Firm has been helping clients facing criminal charges in Jacksonville for more than a decade and are here to provide aggressive criminal defense to anyone accused of a crime. If you or a loved one require a Jacksonville criminal defense lawyer, contact our firm today through our website. Or call us at 904-634-0900.
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