As a firm that handles many child pornography cases each year, we have witnessed many twists in these cases. A good example of just how bad things can get if a charge is not handled properly was revealed last week. When Gloucester City detectives served a search warrant on suspicion of possession of child pornography, their entry uncovered much more than some computer files, videos or images. Police found 81 firearms and six were allegedly assault rifles. There were also high capacity magazines seized.
The defendant in this case is facing a host of serious criminal offenses including possession of illegal firearms, as well as second degree distribution of child pornography. A conviction on the child pornography offense carries 5-10 years in state prison. There is also a $250,000 fine that may be imposed. The prosecutor will have to prove that the defendant sold, gave, provided, lent, delivered, transferred, distributed or other disseminated an image or other depiction of child pornography. This is typically accomplished by demonstrating that the perpetrator was participating in a peer-to-peer file sharing network where he provided access to his images to others.
In terms of the weapon violations, many carry Graves Act implications. What this means is that the defendant may very well be subject to parole ineligibility and mandatory minimum prison terms. It certainly would have been more favorable for the accused to get a head of the case by hiring an attorney with experience in these areas of criminal law. The lawyers at Marshall, Bonus, Proetta & Oliver possess this knowledge and skill. We offer free initial consultations in our Cherry Hill Office.