If you or someone you love faces very serious Florida child pornography or solicitation charges, you are obviously very concerned about the investigation against you and the potential legal consequences. Unfortunately, many defendants make mistakes during and after the investigation that compound their problems and lead to enhanced punishments, grief, and needless extra anxiety.
Here are 3 things to avoid doing.
1. Avoid continuing to engage in activities that could be considered criminal.
This point seems obvious. But many pornography offenders battle against powerful compulsions that are deep and subconsciously rooted. Offenders may have thoughts along the lines of “well, they already caught me, and I'm going to jail no matter what, so I might as well keep doing what I'm doing, since it doesn’t matter anyway.” This philosophy can cripple your defense and lead to extra charges, which could translate into additional time behind bars and other stringent penalties.
2. Avoid running away, physically, or disappearing into denial.
First of all, if you physically try to leave the state or leave the country, you could get into severe trouble – on top of what you already face – and confront extra jail time and enhanced punishments. Most offenders understand this, and they stay put. However, a far more common situation involves disappearing into denial. Your current legal situation may be incredibly uncomfortable and challenging to acknowledge. But if you don’t acknowledge it – and don’t do anything about it – then you may miss out on opportunities to prepare a more stiff and powerful defense. For instance, if you retain a defense attorney who acts swiftly, you may be able to obtain witness statements that are favorable to your point of view or that unearth mistakes in the police investigation. Also, if you have actually committed misdeeds, you want to understand, from a psychological point of view, what’s driving you to behave compulsively. Only with good treatment and an honest, open-hearted assessment of what has been happening with you, can you make progress and hope to rebuild your life.
3. Avoid discussing your case without talking to an attorney first.
You may want to immediately “explain yourself” to family, friends, colleagues, and neighbors. But you need to be very mindful and cautious about how you manage your legal crisis.
To that end, if you haven’t yet retained the services of an effective, battle-tested Florida cybercrime attorney, call the team here at Seltzer Mayberg, LLC
at 1-888-THE-DEFENSE (888-843-3333) immediately to schedule your free and private consultation with us.