Charge Sentence Drastically Reduced Internet Pornography Crime
February 9, 2019
The Scenario: Our client had downloaded illegal pornography off the web, confessed to federal authorities without a lawyer, and voluntarily turned over this evidence to them. He faced a mandatory minimum of 5 years in prison. That’s when he hired us.
The Results (Federal Court): We persuaded the U.S. Attorney to allow our client to plead to a lesser charge. The mandatory sentence disappeared, but our client still faced stiff penalties, including up to 8 years in prison under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines. We convinced the court to sentence our client to just one year in a halfway house. He served no prison time, and kept his job.
The Results (State Court): Our client’s reduced federal sentence required him to register as a sex offender in state court. There, we presented a character package to the state court judge that showed that our client posed no threat to society. The judge found him to be a Level 1 offender – which did not require his name posted on a website for registered sex offenders. He was able to resume his life with minimal disruption.