Imagine being at home with your family on a normal day when, suddenly, federal agents show up knocking at your door to execute a warrant. A person's likely reaction is to have some confusion and fear over the situation, particularly if an arrest follows from the search.
While this may seem like a far-fetched scenario, in reality, this occurs often to St. Louis residents who are charged with federal crimes. The individual may have little to no warning that they are the subject of a federal investigation until authorities show up at their doorstep.
This can be particularly true with charges involving child pornography. Often times, these allegations involve the use of peer to peer networks, and therefore authorities may be conducting investigations online that track the person's computer systems. Accordingly, the individual likely will not know about the investigation until there is an arrest or a search on his or her computer.
Last week, this blog discussed how important it is for individuals to mount a defense to child pornography charges, no matter who they are or what the particular allegations may be against them. The child pornography defense begins immediately, as individuals should understand their right not to speak with authorities who show up at their home. If individuals volunteer information or make certain statements, prosecutors can use those statements against the person later, even if the statement did not seem to be incriminating in any way at the time it was made.
Our firm has experience in providing an effective criminal defense for our clients to child pornography charges. We can become involved in a case early on and advise our clients how to deal with law enforcement. We can also examine what defenses may be available to the charges, such as issues with the evidence in the case and weaknesses in the prosecution's case. For more information, please visit our Child Pornography Defense web page.