Possession of Child Pornography

There are few offenses that have become as deeply stigmatized as the possession of child pornography, and you should expect prosecutors in Dallas to aggressively pursue the charges that have been leveled against you. Bearing that in mind, you will need to do everything you can to protect yourself from the life-changing aspects of a conviction.

If you have been arrested on charges associated with the possession of child pornography, the Dallas sex crimes attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter are prepared to help you take the legal action necessary to defend your rights and to protect your future.

Penalties Associated with the Possession of Child Pornography in Dallas

Our legal team understands just how much is at risk for you in this case, and we will develop a legal strategy to help protect you from any of the penalties that the prosecution team will try to secure against you, including but not limited to the following:

  • Jail or prison time
  • Lifetime registration as a sex offender
  • Court-imposed fines

Though the charges against you are exceedingly serious, our legal team in Dallas will be there to help you work through this difficult and frightening ordeal.

Possession of Child Pornography in Texas

The Texas Penal Code, Sec. 43.26 discusses ‘Possession or Promotion of Child Pornography’.  According to this penal code, a person commits an offense “if the person knowingly or intentionally possesses, or knowingly or intentionally accesses with intent to view, visual material that visually depicts a child younger than 18 years of age at the time the image of the child was made who is engaging in sexual conduct…” (see complete penal code being sent)

This crime is an offense under Subsection (a) and subsection (e) as seen below:

“An offense under Subsection (a) is a felony of the third degree, except that the offense is: (1)  a felony of the second degree if it is shown on the trial of the offense that the person has been previously convicted one time of an offense under that subsection; and (2)  a felony of the first degree if it is shown in the trial of the offense that the person has been previously convicted two or more times of an offense under that subsection.”

“An offense under Subsection (e) is a felony of the second degree, except that the offense is a felony of the first degree if it is shown on the trial of the offense that the person has been previously convicted of an offense under that subsection.

(h)  It is a defense to prosecution under Subsection (a) or (e) that the actor is a law enforcement officer or a school administrator who:

(1)  possessed or accessed the visual material in good faith solely as a result of an allegation of a violation of Section 43.261;”

Consult with a Sex Crime Attorney in Dallas

If you have been charged the possession of child pornography, the Dallas sex crimes attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter can help defend your rights and protect your future throughout the entirety of the coming legal process. To speak with a defense attorney in Dallas about the particulars of your charges, please call our Dallas offices at (214) 845-7007 today.