Aftereffects of an Investigation, Criminal Indictment , or a Conviction of Distributing Child Porn in Maryland

Maryland Child Porn Investigation


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Child Porn Investigations

An investigation by a detective, federal agent, or any other administrative body regarding possession, receipt, or distribution of child pornography material can be one of the scariest moments in your life. Typically what occurs, is that law enforcement officers reach out to you and try to solicit information as quickly as possible. Do not fall prey to this technique. Many times suspects speak in a methodology to try to exonerate themselves and make things worse. The best thing you can do is to politely tell the law enforcement agent, detective, or anyone else associated with the police, that you want to speak to an attorney before you make ANY statement.

Under Investigation or Charged for Child Porn Possession or Distribution? 

The entire purpose of the investigation is to make a determination as to whether or not the government has enough information to charge you criminally. Many times, a defense lawyer can thwart those goals by pointing out various legalities that may put enough doubt in a prosecutor’s mind so that an indictment or charge does not occur.

Many techniques used are items that unto themselves may not be the dagger that saves you. But used together, they can be very effective. For example, we sometimes employ private polygraph examiners to examine the possibility of any criminality. Although we don’t always use this technique and it is certainly not admissible in a court of law, it can be a very daunting blow to the government if its use properly. Another example is computer forensic evaluations. Many times this can pull the rug from underneath the prosecutor's feet very quickly. The problem with this type of criminal charge is that sometimes it can be very difficult to get your hands on the actual computer and or the hard drive in question. There are many other techniques that can be used and should be discussed on a case-by-case basis.

Consequences of a Child Porn Conviction

The simple consequences of an investigation can mean a criminal charge in state or federal court. Sometimes the case is initiated in state court and removed to the federal courts.

Possession, distribution, or receipt of child pornography is a very serious criminal allegation that creates many problems for the accused almost immediately. We see it every day in the newspapers and on TV. Once a person is charged with a crime, the public seems to almost automatically assume they are guilty as charged. The result of any type of conviction could mean a prison sentence, probation or lifetime supervision, registering for the sex registry, and fines.

I am Attorney James E Crawford Jr., and I’ve handled child pornography cases for 30 years on the state level and federal level. My criminal team is extremely experienced and poised to jump in and handle your case effectively.

The most important aspect of an attorney-client relationship is candor. What you need during this period of time is someone that will be able to guide you to the most successful outcome possible. On the  state level, there have been many times when I’ve been able to put clients in the situation where they have received "Probation before Judgement", a stet, and even dismissal of the claims. However, depending upon the situation, it is sometimes more difficult to achieve that sort of final outcome.

For the last 30 years, I’ve developed a reputation for handling these matters in a diligent and successful manner.


The accusations were outlandish, false, and slandered both my character and my name. I was in need to find strong legal representation that would see through the fabricated story. [My attorney Aaron] Goodwin’s priority was to understand who I am as a person before putting together any type of defense strategy. The result was a favorable decision on my behalf. I am confident that without the firm’s representation, the outcome would have been different.

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Jim Crawford

Founding Partner & Senior Litigator

Jim believes that the power to change the life of even one client is worth more than any amount of money or prestige. That's why he's spent just about every day of his working career in a Maryland courtroom, giving clients their opportunity for justice.

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Mark Sobel

Criminal Department Manager & Senior Litigator

Originally a lawyer from the Big Apple, Mark and his family relocated to Charm City to represent Marylanders for both criminal and civil matters. Whether it's a traffic-related charge or a serious criminal matter in the District or Circuit Court, you'll want Mark in your corner.

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Jennie O'Hara

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Jennie's focus and practice is criminal law, dedicated to fighting for justice on behalf of those who cannot fight for themselves.

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