Facing Child Pornography Charges in New Jersey? You Need a Strong Defense.

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | May 22, 2024 | 0 Comments

Federal agents arrested a Chicago veterinarian last month on child pornography charges. FBI agents say Adam Stafford King, 39, allegedly sent several images and videos depicting child pornography through an online messaging service called Telegram. He also unwittingly told agents that he had abused his nieces and nephews and claimed to have a "large digital cache" of child pornography on Telegram. King also said that he planned to sexually assault the infant son he and his husband were expecting by surrogate. If the police have charged you with child pornography—whether or not you were wrongly accused—you have the right to a defense. You need an aggressive criminal defense team on your side. Contact the Lento Law Firm Criminal Defense Team today at 888.535.3686 or through our online form to ensure the best possible outcome in your case.  

New Jersey Takes Child Pornography Charges Seriously 

With the increasing prevalence of the internet and digital technology, there has been a rise in arrests associated with child pornography, which involves sexually explicit images of individuals under the age of 18. Many of these offenses result from internet file sharing. Law enforcement agencies in New Jersey, such as the Regional Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the New Jersey State Police Digital Technology Investigations Unit, use advanced computer forensics to investigate these cases. 

In New Jersey, child pornography crimes are commonly charged as child endangerment under statute 2C:24-4, with varying degrees of severity based on the nature of the offense and the offender's relationship to the child. The consequences of child pornography charges can be grim, ranging from third-degree to first-degree offenses, with penalties including lengthy prison sentences. 

In addition to state laws, there are also federal child pornography laws that supersede state laws related to a minor's ability to consent to sexual activity. First-time offenders under federal law may face prison sentences of 15 to 30 years, with penalties enhanced when the content suggests child abuse or violence. 

Those convicted of child pornography offenses in New Jersey are generally required to register as sex offenders under Megan's Law. The New Jersey State Police maintain this registry, and offenders must update any changes in their residence or employment. Additionally, individuals charged with child pornography in New Jersey must submit a DNA sample to be maintained in a database. 

Facing Child Pornography Charges? Contact the Lento Law Firm's Criminal Defense Team Today. 

If you have been charged with a child pornography offense in New Jersey, whether rightly or wrongly, choosing the Lento Law Firm's Criminal Defense Team can provide you with the experienced, aggressive, and knowledgeable representation you need. They are well-versed in handling sexually-based offenses and have a deep understanding of both New Jersey's unique crime classification system and federal child pornography laws. This experience allows them to develop effective defense strategies tailored to your specific situation, challenge evidence, and pursue the best possible outcome on your behalf. Contact the Lento Law Firm Criminal Defense Team today at 888.535.3686 or through our online form, and let us fight for you. 

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"I pride myself on having heart and driving hard to get results!" Attorney Joseph D. Lento passionately fights for the futures of his clients in criminal courtrooms in New Jersey and nationwide. He does not settle for the easiest outcome, and instead prioritizes his clients' needs and well-being. With unparalleled experience occupying several roles in the criminal justice system outside of being an attorney, Joseph D. Lento can give you valuable behind-the-scenes insight as to what is happening during all phases of the legal process. Joseph D. Lento is licensed in New Jersey and New York, and is admitted pro hac vice as needed nationwide. In the courtroom and in life, attorney Joseph D. Lento stands up when the bell rings!


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