Representation in cases involving Possession and Distribution of Child Pornography require expertise that only an Aggressive Criminal Law Specialist can provide. I am a full time Maryland Criminal Attorney and former Baltimore County Assistant State’s Attorney with more than 20 years of experience. Throughout my career as a prosecutor and full time criminal defense attorney, I have handled hundreds of cases involving the Possession and/or Distribution of Child Pornography in Baltimore County and across the State. Over the last 20 years I am aware of no other criminal attorney in the state who has handled more of these cases than I have along with my partner, Former Assistant United State’s Attorney and Chief of the Sex Offense Unit, Andrew C. White. As I have written before on this blog, these cases are prosecuted extremely aggressively and often result in substantial state and federal prison sentences. This is why is is so imperative to hire attorneys who specialize in these types of cases.
Unfortunately, there are many lawyers who advertise for these cases who simply do not possess the necessary experience and expertise to effectively represent people who are charged with these offenses. I strongly suggest that anyone who is considering hiring a criminal attorney for a case involving child pornography possession or distribution (or any criminal case for that matter) , research all prospective attorneys on Maryland Case Search. This is the official court record for all cases filed in Maryland and it does not allow for exaggeration of an attorney’s experience or credentials.
Today, the typical Child Pornography case involves the use of peer to peer, (P2P) networks such as, Bit Torrent, Shareaza, Gnutella, eDonkey2000 and Kademlia (commonly referred to as Kad) which allow people using P2P software to download and share files with other people on the network. A Detective named Reese handles all of these investigations in Baltimore County and he is very good at his job. In the typical case, the detectives will conduct online investigations using law enforcement investigative software. When an IP address located in Maryland become associated with a device known to be of investigative interest to child pornography, they will link up with that computer and simultaneously download the material from the Maryland IP address as it is downloading it from the device known to contain child pornography. Once they have this material, they will research the IP address and draft an application and affidavit for search and seizure warrant.