Jacksonville’s citizens and visitors can take course of action that end up detrimental to their cause. Others take risks that could be disastrous to not only themselves, but their defense when the time arrives for that person to be brought into the legal system. However, if one in a situation obtains an experienced attorney to fight for one’s case, those risks one thinks one has to take may be taken out of the picture all together.
According to the Florida Times-Union, Alfredo Townsend, a Georgia native with an apartment in Jacksonville, has been arrested, charged and plead guilty to receiving child pornography. His arrest came after the Florida state wide crackdown on child pornography came knocking on his door. Townsend was caught seemingly red-handed with videos and pictures of child pornography.
Jacksonville child pornography cases can be some of the most gruesome cases to deal with, particularly when the crime is involving multiple children across multiple states. However, just because the computer has the pornography, does not automatically mean that the State has enough evidence to convict the suspect. This is where statements can become crucial.
The first thing that many accused people do when the police come knocking is go into shock. Most people are surprised that they got caught with what they were doing, and fear wells within them. However, what should cause someone to clam up, does the exact opposite. People talk. Townsend gave a full confession to the police, and was very graphic about what he went after in his searches. These statements and others will send Townsend to prison with a much heftier sentence that he would have had had he not said anything to the police.
The police come at people who they have arrested very little evidence, many times only enough for an arrest. However, evidence leading to an arrest does not equal enough evidence to convict someone. This is where words become key. The police will question someone looking for answers. The more someone talks, the deeper the hole they dig for themselves. In this situation, the best defense is the precautionary defense.
When one is initially arrested, one should not say anything to the police. If one makes any statement to the police at all, it should be a request for an attorney. Once the police read someone their Miranda rights, they will try to squeeze anything they can out of that person: evidence locations, admissions, connections to other possible suspects. Many times, one’s words can be the jagged knife that deals their own final blow.
After the police arrest a person, they will be further interrogated by people who will through many different types of legal terminology at them, attempting to scare them. However, most of the time, these threats are hollow. Rather than folding under, one must only speak to one’s own attorney, apprising him of everything that happened, so that one’s attorney can mount the best defense possible for one’s case. These precautions and others could significantly reduce or eliminate one’s possible punishments.
Take the ultimate precaution: Get an experienced Jacksonville child pornography defense attorney to fight for one’s case. The Forbess Law Firm has been aiding clients who face 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. We are available through our website or by calling us at 904-634-0900.
Additional Source: GA man pleads guilty to child porn charge in Jacksonville, Jeff Brumley, The Florida Times-Union