Reply To: Troubling consequences of federal child pornography laws

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Martin

J,
It was only a couple of years ago I was in your same position. My best advice at this point is to sit down in a quiet place and slowly breath. Fear will pervade every part of your life if you let it. Fear of the unknown is common among everyone. One of the biggest challenges you will face is gathering valid information about what is ahead of you. While I would love to be able to tell you precisely what is going to happen I cannot. That does not mean I can not give you some insight into what you will experience. I can tell you to get a good attorney if you can afford one. I can also tell you to NOT confide in anyone except your attorney about your story until all court proceedings are complete. Without actual evidence it is unlikely you will spend any prison time. It depends upon what state you are in as to if you receive probation or a short jail sentence. None of this is written in stone. You will go through a pre-sentencing evaluation with a psychologist. If you were using a file sharing program the facts of what and why you were doing it are irrelevant. If you were downloading from a website your membership or tracking cookies may divulge your secrets. Computer forensics have come a very long way. Unless you used some kind of a Hillary Clinton style drive shredder most likely any deleted files will be found. That being said, if it happens do not feel alone. The mere existence of this website should tell you that there are a lot of us out here that have made the same mistake and are paying dearly for it. Society has thrown us all away. Most likely you will be offered some kind of a plea agreement. You will never go to trial. I base this on your statement that you are guilty. Prosecutors have honed their skills on prosecuting CP charges. This is a modern day witch hunt that very few are able to escape once in the cross hairs. Any whisper of evidence will bring you into the cross hairs of a completely irrational court system. It isn’t punishment. It is retribution. Take heart. There are over 850,000 people on registries nation wide. Most have families. The sex offender registries affect family members as well. The number swells to over 3,000,000 people affected when considering families of registrants. You are not alone. There is a huge pile of litigation happening as we speak. A large class action law suit is scheduled to happen this fall in front of the supreme court regarding the constitutionality of registries. We are slowly making headway. To further clarify, it will seem like a long and scary road ahead. You will be threatened with a long prison sentence if you do not accept a plea agreement. If you do choose to go to trial and are found guilty you WILL go to prison. I recommend prayer, church, friends and family. Be honest with them all after court proceedings. Hiding from this will only make things worse for you in the long run. I recommend checking back here frequently. There is almost constant updates and stories from court proceedings at state and federal levels. I also recommend donating to RSOL’s legal fund. Good luck J.