Why have child pornography arrests increased?

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Hardly a day goes by in Florida without another child pornography arrest. The latest was this week in Lakeland. Has the viewing and transmission of kiddie porn increased or has law enforcement just gotten better at detecting it? Over the last ten years, there has absolutely been in increase in the viewing and sharing of child pornography. With the technological advances in computers, laptops, tablets and smart phones, child pornography at any time is just a click away. The peer to peer sharing programs have undercut the profit motive of the people that in the past produced and sold the images and videos of under aged children performing sex acts. Now child pornography is free, just a click away. A person viewing or possessing it is also just a click away from being detected, arrested and prosecuted.

Law Enforcement really is watching what you are doing

The providers, the search engine companies and law enforcement now cooperate on a daily basis monitoring what is going and coming from your computer. All images and videos have what is known as a “hash value”. It is like a fingerprint unique to that image. Many child pornography images and the victims have long since been identified and the government has a catalogue of known illegal images. When one is transmitted or received there is a record of the IP address from which it came or went to. That information is gathered and provided to law enforcement on a daily basis. The FDLE and local detectives regularly gather this information and then subpoena the provider to find out where the address is located. A search warrant is then obtained and before you know it, there is a knock on the door with someone screaming “Open up, Police, we have a search warrant”. The police always try and trick the occupant into some admission about passwords or search history. After the computer is seized as evidence, it is forensically examined and the police are on their way to a successful prosecution.
Are you under investigation now? Are they watching your computer activity?

If you have downloaded child pornography recently or if you are part of a peer to peer network, the answer is probably “Yes”. The best way to avoid arrest is to not commit the crime. If you are watching this stuff, quit. Seek professional help and get counseling. If you continue to watch child porn, it is only a matter of time until you are arrested. On the other hand, although confession may be good for the soul, it is bad for the body. They put your body in jail.

If you are contacted, lawyer up!

You have seen it on television. You have the right to remain silent. Keep your mouth shut!
You have the right to an attorney. Call one immediately
Anything you say will be used against you. You better believe it will.
The only words out of your mouth better be “I want to talk to a lawyer”
Remember, a fish would not have gotten caught if he had not opened his mouth
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They Took My Computer…Am I Under Investigation for a Crime??

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They Took My Computer….What Do I do”?

It begins with a knock on your door.  It is a law enforcement officer from the FBI, ICE or one of the other Federal criminal investigative agencies.  It may be from a local detective.  They ask if they can talk to you.  The ask permission to look on your computer or they ask permission to take your computer.  Most people relent and voluntarily turn over their computer or worse yet consent to an interview.  As an Experienced Florida Child Pornography Lawyer,never give up your computer and keep your mouth shut.

Government investigators are constantly monitoring the Internet.  The “thought police” really do exist and really are monitoring which sites you visit and what you look at and particularly what you download to your computer.  Child pornography images have identifying “hash” values, similar to fingerprints.  Google can identify child porn if it somehow goes through a Google site like Picasaweb.  If you are on a peer to peer site, you are being tracked and the hash values for certain images will lead the police to your door.

They may not have enough for a warrant to take your computer buy you may be a suspect and they may try and talk you into voluntarily turning it over.  As a Florida Child Porn Attorney, do not do it.  Call a lawyer.

Not all criminal defense lawyers are experienced in cyber crimes

As a Florida Criminal Defense Lawyer, experienced in Child Porn Criminal Defense, I have been handling sex crimes involving computers as long as there have been computers.  There are technical defenses that have nothing to do with guilt or innocence.  Just because you are guilty does not mean they can prove it. As a Florida Federal Sex Crimes Defense Attorney, confession may be good for the soul but if you confess to law enforcement, they will put your body in Federal prison for many years.  I cannot stress how very important it is to absolutely keep your mouth shut.  When you hear those very ominous words “you have the right to an attorney”, shut up and call a lawyer.  You cannot talk your way out of an arrest or out of jail.  The only way legally they can put you “behind” the computer at the time of a crime, many times is with your own admission.  You may be in a house where many people have access to the computer or have an unprotected router and the police may not be able to prove who downloaded a particular image.  Don’t talk yourself into jail.

If you have been contacted or a search warrant has been executed and your computer seized I suggest you call  941 366 3506 24/7 or send me a confidential email to peterdaiken@gmail.com with contact information and view (by clicking) the “ABOUT” at the top of this page to see my 40 years experience and credentials. All Replies below are strictly confidential and never public.

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