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Fighting back against allegations of child pornography

From a young age, many St. Louis residents are taught that teamwork is a positive thing. St. Louis residents learn to work with each other in many different facets of life, including in their personal life and at work.

While there is value to teamwork, it can also result in an unfair advantage if multiple people are working together against one individual. In these cases, the single person can feel outmatched and intimidated.

Unfortunately, this is often the feeling one gets when individuals discover they are the subject of a law enforcement investigation. Law enforcement agencies have significant resources by themselves, but different agencies often team up with one another to make an even more formidable investigation.

This is particularly true when it comes to allegations of child pornography and other types of Internet crime. According to one study, 79 percent of child pornography cases examined involved more than one law enforcement agency. Another 46 percent of the cases had three or more agencies working the case.

The teamwork between law enforcement agencies occurs for several different reasons. For instance, because the Internet spans across multiple jurisdictions, both state and federal agencies may become involved in the investigation. Often times, agencies will be investigating in one part of the country, but they need assistance from local authorities in making an arrest and proceeding with the case.

The teamwork between law enforcement agencies makes it all the more important to have a strong child pornography defense to the criminal charges. Individuals need to be prepared to undertake their own investigation of the case, with the help of defense attorneys, and point out the shortcomings in the law enforcement agencies' investigation. It can help tremendously to poke holes in the prosecution's case and keep out evidence that was unlawfully obtained.

Source: University of New Hampshire, "Internet sex crimes against minors: The response of law enforcement," accessed on June 6, 2015

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