Child Pornography Charges

Child Pornography Charges In Michigan

When facing charges involving the possession or distribution of illegal Internet porn, it is an understatement to say that there is a lot at stake. Under state and federal child pornography laws, a conviction can result in up to 20 years in prison and $250,000 fine — for each count. Additionally, people convicted of pornography related offenses face the social stigma of lifetime registration as a sex offender. Criminal cases involving underage pornography offenses demand aggressive defense from an experienced Internet sex crimes lawyer.

In the Detroit area, the Law Offices of Raymond A. Cassar, P.L.C., is known for the aggressive and thorough approach our attorneys take to defend clients facing state and federal Internet sex crime charges. We know what is at stake and we are prepared to fight for our clients’ rights in these typically high profile cases. Contact our Michigan criminal defense law firm online for a confidential consultation about your case. You may also reach us at (248) 855-0911.


We provide a comprehensive defense to clients facing child pornography charges and related charges such as child molestation, Internet solicitation of a minor or other sexual exploitation of a child. Oftentimes, charges originate from police Internet porn stings or situations where an illegal site is overturned and IP addresses are cross-checked. In many cases, our clients are not even aware that they are the subject of an investigation until the police show up at the door to seize the computer.

SORA (Sex Offender Registry List) Tier Classifications

In addition to the criminal penalties imposed for a sex crime conviction, registration on the Sex Offender Registry is also required. Effective July 1, 2011, all registrable offenses are categorized into one of three separate Tiers:

  • Tier I: Registration for 15 years (non-public)
  • Tier II: Registration for 25 years (public)
  • Tier III: Lifetime registration (public)

Along with the creation of Tiers, the recent changes to the Sex Offender Registry List (SORA) enable certain convicted sex offenders to avoid the registration requirement altogether or have their registration period reduced. It is critical to choose an attorney that thoroughly understands the requirements of SORA as well as the avenues available to avoid registration. The 2011 changes to SORA are so extremely complicated that many judges and lawyers are relying on seminars and colleagues for guidance. Our office has painstakingly reviewed the current version of the legislation and are ready to help our clients take advantages of the changes.


It is important to remember that even if files have been deleted, the police have forensic experts that can extract damaging evidence from a hard drive. Technology, such as the MD5 hash, enables law enforcement to extract copies of original files. Recovered evidence in a child pornography case may include:

  • Possession of child pornography: e-mails, websites, pictures or other media of child sexually abusive activity that have been viewed on the computer or are present on (or were deleted from) the hard drive or otherwise in your “possession”
  • Distribution of child pornography : e-mails, websites, pictures or other sexually exploitative material of minors sent to others
  • Other child pornography-related offenses: participating in the creation of any form of child pornography or inducing or persuading a child to participate in illegal sexually exploitative activity
  • Prostitution and Escort Services

Our sex crimes defense lawyers work with leading forensic experts to combat the charges against you. Because these cases often include extensive amounts of technologically driven evidence, it is important to hire a firm that understands the complexities involved in these cases.

For thorough, aggressive and experienced defense in a child pornography case, contact the criminal defense attorneys at our Detroit-area law firm.