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Possession Of Child Pornography Attorneys in Toms River, NJ

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1108 Hooper AvenueToms River, NJ 08753-8344
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Federal law enforcement officials have actively pursued operators of peer-to-peer networks because they believe that such networks harbor distributors of child pornography. Although they succeeded in shutting down Limewire in 2010, older versions of the software and other peer-to-peer network platforms continue to function. Police have infiltrated the networks, posing as individuals seeking or possessing child pornography for downloading. Because these networks have many other uses, it is...

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Federal law enforcement officials have actively pursued operators of peer-to-peer networks because they believe that such networks harbor distributors of child pornography. Although they succeeded in shutting down Limewire in 2010, older versions of the software and other peer-to-peer network platforms continue to function. Police have infiltrated the networks, posing as individuals seeking or possessing child pornography for downloading. Because these networks have many other uses, it is surprisingly easy for someone to be caught in a trap set by law enforcement – even if he or she never accessed any child pornography.

Peer-to-peer networks are a way to connect computers directly to each other rather than using a central server. This means that any two users can share files directly. Recent court decisions have suggested that these types of networks may be viewed as public rather than private; under this interpretation, police do not need warrants to search suspects’ computers. However, except in jurisdictions where courts have ruled that files on peer-to-peer networks are public documents, the Fourth Amendment protects individuals from search and seizure.

A knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer will examine the validity of any warrant used when defending an individual against charges of possessing child pornography after using a peer-to-peer network. It is often possible to have charges thrown out because police acted improperly. And if the prosecutor moves forward with a case, it is important to have a criminal defense attorney who understands the constitutional issues involved in cases concerning peer-to-peer networks.

The stakes are very high in child pornography cases. A person convicted can face not only a stiff prison sentence, but also mandatory registration as a sex offender. This can have profound consequences for careers, families and living situations.

At the Toms River, New Jersey, Law Office of David T. Schlendorf, attorney Schlendorf aggressively defends those facing child pornography charges involving the use of peer-to-peer networks. Call 866-895-9668.

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