It seems there has been an uptick in child pornography arrests in Jacksonville, as authorities have made several arrests in the last few months.
As the Jacksonville Criminal Attorney Blog reported in August, an Arizona man was arrested by a fugitive task force in Jacksonville after allegedly fleeing the area when he found out he was being investigated for child pornography charges.
Earlier this month, a 25-year-old man pleaded guilty to receiving child pornography over the Internet and now faces up to 20 years in prison. First Coast News now reports that a 34-year-old man has pleaded guilty to charges of possessing child pornography on his cell phone.
Charges of child pornography in Jacksonville require an aggressive defense because of the possible penalties. An experienced Jacksonville criminal defense attorney must be able to look at the case from the beginning in order to assess the prosecution’s evidence as it comes in.
Obviously, child pornography cases come with a difficult stigma to defeat because of the implications. Along with lengthy prison sentences, a defendant’s reputation and freedom are all at stake in these situations.
In this case, the 34-year-old man is in a more difficult position than the average defendant because he was on probation for a previous federal sex offense, the news station reports. That likely factored into his decision to enter a plea.
According to court documents in his case, two U.S. probation officers visited his home to perform a routine home inspection in March, about six months after he was placed on probation.
When the officers entered his bedroom, they noticed a video game controller on the floor, which doesn’t seem to be a big deal. But they then saw a cell phone in a dresser drawer. The man admitted that he had used his phone to access the Internet about six times, which was a violation of his supervised release. On the phone, agents found more than 5,100 images of child pornography.
Had the phone not been visible, it’s likely the man wouldn’t have been arrested. What is curious is why officers noted the video game controller and how that raised their suspicions enough to include it in a report. It’s also unclear what rules probation officers have when they inspect a person’s home, such as where they can go and what they are supposed to be looking for.
Child pornography charges can be levied by either state or federal prosecutors, depending on the suspect and the facts of the case. Federal charges typically carry more extensive penalties, so that’s where they end up most of the time.
And sometimes a plea is the most beneficial situation for the defendant. If there are few strong defenses, an experienced attorney can use his skills to obtain a low-prison or probation plea deal rather than risking a maximum penalty after going to trial and being found guilty.
The Forbess Law Firm has been aiding clients who face criminal charges in Jacksonville for more than a decade and is here to provide aggressive criminal defense to anyone accused of a crime. If you or a loved one requires a Jacksonville criminal defense lawyer, contact our firm today. We are available through our website or by calling us at 904-634-0900.
More Blog Entries:
Jacksonville Child Porn Case Leads to Possible 20-Year Sentence: September 18, 2011
Man On the Run From Arizona Nabbed in Jacksonville on Child Pornography Charges: August 12, 2011