Aggressive Representation from a Knowledgeable Annapolis Child Internet Exploitation Attorney
Serious defense for people facing charges of online child exploitation in Maryland
Child exploitation cases – especially when they occur online – are often highly reported in the news, which can prove devastating to a defendant’s reputation and livelihood. (We can thank “To Catch a Predator” for that.) An acquittal or dropped charges are the best way to fight back against these serious accusations. My name is Gill Andrew Cochran, and I help child exploitation defendants assert their innocence and get their lives back. At Drew Cochran, Attorney at Law, clients receive high-quality representation from an experienced Annapolis child exploitation defense attorney.
What is internet exploitation of a child?
Internet exploitation of a child involves using the internet to exploit a minor by distributing child pornography, offering sexual acts with a minor, or soliciting sexual acts with a minor. Maryland and federal child abuse laws include numerous types of these offenses:
- Sexual solicitation of a minor. This law prohibits the solicitation of a minor for sexual purposes. The term “solicit” includes commanding, authorizing, requesting, and advising. A conviction carries a potential sentence of 10 years and a $25,000 fine.
- Sale of minor. This law prohibits the sale of a minor for money or property. A conviction carries a potential punishment of five years and a $10,000 fine.
- Human trafficking. There are numerous actions prohibited under this law, but it generally prohibits taking a person into a place of prostitution by force, fraud, threat, or coercion. For underage victims, this is a felony offense and the potential sentence is 25 years in prison and a $15,000 fine.
The potential penalties for child exploitation cases are serious, and an effective defense requires representation from a knowledgeable Annapolis child exploitation defense attorney.
Comprehensive representation in state and federal courts
Internet child exploitation cases often include a federal investigation and possible federal charges. The US Code contains several provisions that fall under the category of child exploitation, and the Department of Justice aggressively pursues convictions in these cases. These law enforcement agents have access to the most advanced technologies and investigative techniques, making it challenging to assert a successful defense without representation from a skilled Annapolis child exploitation defense lawyer.
I have vast experience in the federal courts. The rules and procedures within these jurisdictions differ from those of Maryland state courts. Failure to abide by them can ruin your chances for a favorable outcome in the case. If you are facing federal child exploitation charges, I assist you with aggressive representation in the state and federal court systems.
Contact an experienced Annapolis child exploitation defense attorney
When you’re on the verge of losing everything, you want an experienced Annapolis defense attorney on your side. When you work with Drew Cochran, Attorney at Law, that’s what you’re getting. If you are facing allegations of internet exploitation of a child, call my office today at 410-271-1892 or complete my contact form to schedule an initial consultation.
And remember: Keep Calm — and Call Drew.