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While all sex crimes are considered among the most serious criminal offenses, those involving minors under the age of 18 are perhaps the most distastefully viewed, vigorously prosecuted and harshly penalized. Those who stand accused of child pornography charges, in particular, those that involve videos or film, should expect little leniency and invasive and hostile legal proceedings.
In order to protect your legal rights and your right to a fair trial, it is of the utmost importance that you retain unyielding legal advocates who fight tirelessly on your behalf throughout every step of your legal process. At Okabe & Haushalter, our team of exceptional Chicago criminal defense attorneys has accumulated the skills and experience needed to defend against child pornography allegations and our record of success demonstrates that we know how to resolve these cases favorably.
Charges involving pornographic videos of minors can include possession, reproduction, dissemination and distribution of film or videotapes. Violations involving any type of moving depiction can result in enhanced penalties, including Class X felony convictions, large fines and minimum prison sentences. Additionally, certain aggravating circumstances, such as the depiction of minors under the age of thirteen and prior convictions, can greatly intensify criminal consequences.
There is no doubt that sex crimes involving minors are viewed with strong, widespread and boisterous public opinion. In addition to compromising the objectivity of your legal proceedings and investigations, this public scrutiny also places pressure on prosecutor to gain convictions through whatever means necessary. In fact, the Illinois Compiled Statutes states that child pornography is a “vital concern to the people of this state,” which indicates the hostility you can expect during your case.
If you wish to protect yourself from biased views and unfair judgment during your case, you need highly experienced and steadfast criminal defense lawyers on your side of the legal arena. We strongly encourage prospective clients to bring their case to the attention of our firm so that we can evaluate your situation and get started on your defense immediately. With a team of highly acclaimed lawyers who have earned high ratings from legal industry ranking organizations such as Avvo® and Super Lawyers® Magazine, you are sure to have a top notch legal team fighting for you. Contact Okabe & Haushalter to schedule a case consultation.