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Internet Child Pornography

Columbia Attorney Defends Against Charges of Internet Child Pornography

Sex crime prosecutions in South Carolina have far-reaching consequences

Possessing, producing or disseminating pornographic images of children violates federal law and a conviction can lead to a lengthy prison term. Even a mere allegation can permanently ruin your reputation, unless you immediately find a capable defense attorney who can manage your case effectively. Jack B. Swerling, Attorney at Law can provide the vigorous defense you need to help protect your liberty and your good name.

Federal penalties for child pornography in South Carolina

Numerous types of child pornography cases are prosecuted under federal law. Statutory penalties for these offenses can be severe.

  • Possession of images
  • Sending obscene images to a minor
  • Enticing a minor to produce child pornography

Most prosecutions for child pornography in South Carolina involve images on computers. The authorities generally discover these images in a sting operation or when executing a warrant to search for documentation related to other charges. Problems with the way the images are discovered may become the basis for defense at trial.

Vigorous defense to charges of child pornography in South Carolina

One of the great challenges to defending child pornography charges is the emotional response the crime elicits from a jury. But Attorney Jack Swerling believes that every accused person deserves a robust defense. As your attorney, Mr. Swerling challenges the prosecution to prove every necessary element of the case against you, such as:

  • Knowing possession — Often the target of the investigation does not know the files exist. Computer users can download files inadvertently or viruses can trigger downloads without the user’s knowledge. Hackers can also place files on a person’s computer maliciously.
  • Admissible evidence — If authorities found alleged pornographic images on your computer while executing a search warrant, you may have grounds to exclude that evidence. Law enforcement is not permitted to obtain a warrant to go on a “fishing expedition.” The warrant must state probable cause that a crime has been committed, and there is reason to believe that the computer contains pornography. If the search warrant was issued without probable cause, or the search exceeded the limits of the warrant, it’s possible that the images that are the basis for the case against you would not be admissible in court.

With so much at stake, you need an experienced federal criminal defense lawyer like Jack Swerling who is committed to giving you the best defense possible.

Contact a Columbia defense lawyer to fight child pornography charges

With your liberty and reputation on the line, choose a trial attorney with the dedication and experience to deliver a robust criminal defense. Jack B. Swerling, Attorney at Law offers free initial consultations. To schedule an appointment, call 800-701-0599 or contact the firm online.

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  • Jack Swerling, Derrick Mobley and Alissa Wilson were successful in having a Judge rule after an extensive hearing, that the defendant was immune from prosecution based on the “Stand Your Ground” law in a murder prosecution. The Judgment was handed down on March 29, 2021.
  • Jack Swerling, Gregory Harris and Alissa Wilson obtained a Not Guilty Verdict in Lexington County on March 3, 2022. An Orthopedic Surgeon was charged with Involuntary Manslaughter in the accidental shooting death of a friend.
  • “When Jack is on my docket, I tell my law clerks, ‘You do not want to miss this. You are seeing one of the greatest trial lawyers in the state’s history.'” -South Carolina Circuit Court Judge
  • Jack was selected to Super Lawyers Magazine Top Ten List for 2019. Each year Super Lawyers recognizes the top lawyers in South Carolina via a selection process involving peer evaluations, independent research and professional achievement. The South Carolina lawyers who receive the highest points during this selection process are further recognized in the South Carolina Super Lawyers Top Ten List.
  • USA v. FRANK*: In a child pornography case, Swerling was successful in obtaining a 22 level variance reducing the defendant’s sentence from 8 years to 6 months.
  • STATE v. BORIS: The defendant was found not guilty by reason of insanity in a case where the defendant was involved in a shoot-out with 3 police officers.
  • STATE v. TYGER: Jack Swerling obtains a not guilty verdict in a criminal sexual conduct case in Beaufort County.
  • Pre Trial Dispositions: STATE v. DWAYNE: Mr. Swerling successfully argued for the dismissal of stalking and unlawful use of telephone charges brought against a prominent businessman in Florence County.
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