Federal Child Pornography Charges in Rhode Island
Have you been charged with possession or distribution of child pornography in Rhode Island? If so, you are not alone. Child pornography charges are one of the most common sex crimes charged in Rhode Island and these cases are prosecuted in both the federal and state judicial systems.
If you have been charged with possession or distribution of child pornography in Rhode Island, you need the help of an experienced and skilled local criminal defense lawyer who can defend you against these serious charges.
Some lawyers shy away from handling child pornography cases due to the nature of the offenses. We don't. At Marin and Barrett, Inc. we believe in upholding our clients rights to the fullest extent. If you are facing federal child pornography charges in Rhode Island, we can provide you with the knowledgable and aggressive counsel you need.
Federal Definition of Child Pornography
Federal law defines child pornography as any visual depiction of sexually explicit conduct involving someone under 18 years of age.
The law is very broad, and it covers almost all types of media: photos, video, computer-generated images, undeveloped film or videotape, as well as electronically stored data that can be converted to an image. The law doesn't require that the image sho the child engaging in sexual activity - only that the image be sexually suggestive.
It's also illegal to deal with computer-generated images made to look like actual minors, as well as edited images of actual minors.