Child Pornography Charges Reduced to Accessing a Computer For Fraudulent Purposes on 2.12.2021
(1) TRANSMISSION / DISTRIBUTION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
(2) POSSESSION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
CASE OVERVIEW: Marin & Barrett, Inc. is extremely pleased to report that the serious life altering charges of Distribution and Possession of Child Pornography against a Client in Providence Superior Court has been resolved with an amendment to the Access to a Computer for Fraudulent Purposes. Our Client had been charged with Distribution and Possession of Child Pornography following a month's long investigation and subsequent search warrant/arrest of the Client. Based on the nature of the charge, if convicted, he faced a maximum sentence of 15 years in jail (ACI) and mandatory registration as a sex offender.
We were able to get our client into counseling immediately and after careful review of the evidence, we were able to highlight to the prosecutor and the judge that despite the fact there was a small amount of images to establish probable cause that a crime had been committed, our Client took the proactive steps to delete the images and that counseling was a better solution as opposed to the penalties associated for persons convicted of Distribution and Possession of Child Pornography. Based on our arguments, we were able to successfully negotiate an amendment to the charge to Access to a Computer for Fraudulent Purposes.
CASE RESULT: FELONY POSSESSION AND DISTRIBUTION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGES REDUCED TO ACCESSING A COMPUTER FOR FRAUDULENT PURPOSES and the Client was placed on five years probation with five years of suspended sentence on February 12th, 2021
Practice area(s): Criminal Defense