Know Your Rights: What To Do If You Are Charged With Child Pornography

18 November 2019
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Although the internet has brought about so many wonderful changes to everyone's lives, it has also brought about some crimes with it too. One of the most common crimes committed online is making, watching, or distributing child pornography. And, depending on the state that you live in, the law may not be very forgiving regarding these charges. But just because you did something wrong doesn't mean that you don't have rights. With the help of a child pornography attorney, you can ensure that you know your rights and that you are being treated fairly by the law. But what are your rights? 

You Have The Right To An Attorney

No matter what state you are in and no matter how severe the penalties are for facing a child pornography crime, remember that you always have the right to an attorney. If the police officers who are interrogating you claim that you aren't able to have an attorney unless you talk with them, that is illegal and you don't have to say a word. The tricky thing about interrogations is that the police can and will use anything that you say to them (even if it's in confidence) in court. However, when you have an attorney, they will speak before you and ensure that you don't say anything that will damage your case. 

You Have the Right to a Fair and Speedy Trial

Another thing that you are entitled to is a fair and speedy trial. What does this mean exactly? Typically, people are detained in jail until their trial date unless they are released on bail. If you don't have a speedy trial, then you are going to be sitting in a jail cell for longer, which means that you will be out of work and away from your family. But the Sixth Amendment states that everyone has the right to a fair and speedy trial, which means that you shouldn't have to sit in jail for too long. If, however, you live in a particularly busy court district, then you may have to wait longer than if you were to live elsewhere. 

When you are being accused of a crime, it can be hard to know what rights you have. Just remember that the Constitution is based on the fact that everyone is innocent until proven guilty, and that applies to you as well. To learn more, reach out to firms like that of Robert J. Campos & Associates, P.L.C.