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The realities of North Carolina child pornography charges

Being charged with a crime in Raleigh is never to be taken lightly. When the criminal charge is possession of child pornography, the potential for a significant prison sentence is very real.

Some people assume that any accusation of possession, distribution or production always results in a long stretch behind bars, which is simply inaccurate. A recent case far from North Carolina illustrates the point.

After a New Mexico man was arrested in 2015 and charged with 26 counts involving child pornography, he and his attorney entered a plea of no contest. He was recently sentenced to probation in the matter, though he could have been sentenced to up to 9 years in prison.

He faced more than two dozen charges of sexual exploitation of a minor for manufacturing "visual media" and possessing it, as well as a charge of tampering with evidence.

According to a newspaper report, he was sentenced to a year of house arrest and 5 to 20 years of probation.

He is also to have no internet access during his house arrest, and must register as a sex offender. He will also have to undergo a psychiatric evaluation and pay court fees of more than $2,200.

Here in North Carolina, a person charged with first-degree sexual exploitation of a minor is facing a Class D felony. Conviction can mean a sentence of 51 months to 64 months in prison. Defendants with criminal histories face even more time behind bars.

Second-degree exploitation of a minor is punishable by up to 16 months in prison.

If you are confronting those possibilities, you can contact the law office of Dysart Willis to discuss the charges, evidence and available legal options available to you. Our attorneys are experienced in providing effective defense in both federal and state child pornography cases.