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Monday, August 26, 2013

Child Pornography and Child Molestation Charges and Sentencing

A Recent Case Illustrates the Importance of Obtaining Qualified Legal Help
 
Few crimes are governed by heavier sentencing guidelines than those involving inappropriate sexual contact with a child. And just as importantly, few crimes are less tolerated by the general public. Sentencing judges are, therefore, often highly motivated to sentence convicted sex offenders to the maximum prison term that the law will allow. Sex crime sentencing also often includes mandatory lifetime registration as a sex offender. 
 
The harshness of legal penalties for child pornography and related sex crimes is demonstrated by a recent case. Last week, Ronald Brown of South Florida was convicted of possession of child pornography and for sharing fantasies of sexual abuse of children online with another adult. 
 
Though Mr. Brown’s online discussions were undeniably gruesome, his behavior did not result in the physical harm of a child, and he explained during his trial that though that he discussed his fantasies in an online chat room, he never actually intended to harm children. Nonetheless, Mr. Brown’s sentence included:
 
20 years in prison
Registration as a sex offender
A prohibition of having contact with minors
Lifetime probation 
A ban on using computers with internet access
 
Clearly, a child-related sex crime conviction can involve life-altering legal consequences. If you face possession of child pornography charges, child molestation, child annoyance, or another sex crime involving a minor in the Irvine, CA or the OC, CA area, contact a child molestation and child pornography defense attorney who can fight effectively to keep you out of jail and off the CA sex offender registry. Attorney Mark R. McDonald of The Law Offices of Mark Raymond McDonald:
 
Has more than 20 years of experience in child molestation and child porn defense law, both as a former trial prosecutor (for seven years) and as a criminal defense attorney (for more than 15 years)
Has tried more than 250 criminal and molestation defense cases
Has served as an associate professor and law instructor 
Dedicates his practice to criminal law exclusively
 
Attorney McDonald has achieved positive results for hundreds of clients facing child molestation and child porn charges and, as a former prosecutor and experienced defense lawyer, is often successful at persuading prosecutors to drop cases before they’re even tried. If you are in Irvine, CA or anywhere in OC, CA and facing charges for possession of child pornography, child molestation charges, sexual battery of a child or anything similar, contact The Law Offices of Mark Raymond McDonald by calling 949-460-6421 or 800-595-8159, or request your free consultation today.

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