Dylann Roof, the man who admitted to committing the mass shooting that killed nine people in a church, was recently sentenced to death. Roof opted to represent himself during the sentencing phase of the trial. He didn't fight against the death penalty at all. In fact, he didn't cross-examine any witnesses or make any coherent statements.
A man who was convicted of possessing, receiving and distributing child pornography in May was sentenced last month to 12 years in prison. The man — a former Army colonel — cried when he heard the sentence. On top of the time in prison, he will have to serve 10 years of supervised release once he gets out of prison.
Facing criminal charges of any type can affect your life. When those charges are federal charges, you are likely facing a very difficult battle. Federal prosecutors have experience and resources that make them formidable opponents in the courtroom. We know that you might be very concerned about the outcome of your case.
Firearms charges aren't ever something that should be taken lightly, especially when they are federal charges. A person who is a convicted felon who is found in possession of a firearm could face a 10-year prison sentence, according to the Offices of the United States Attorneys. In some cases, such as when the person has three violent felonies, a 15-year minimum sentence is necessary upon conviction.
Former Pennsylvania Democratic representative Chaka Fattah's attorneys intend to apply a critical Supreme Court decision responsible for the overturn of a bribery conviction for the former Virginia governor to Fattah's case, thereby delaying sentencing.
Federal charges are very serious matters that must be handled appropriately. In our previous blog post, we discussed the diversity of people who have been charged with child pornography on a federal level. All of those people had one thing in common -- they had to make decisions about how to handle their cases.
Law enforcement agencies and prosecutors take child pornography offenses very seriously because those who profit from it exploit and harm children. About half of those prosecuted for possession of child pornography are accused of having images of children under 6 years old being abused. And a quarter allegedly have images involving children two years old or younger.
Federal criminal charges are very serious charges that often involve very complex circumstances. Federal prosecutors have the resources and time to work very hard toward getting convictions on the cases they are working on. That means that you need a tip-top defense that can call the points the prosecutor brings up into question.
Pornographic images of children are illegal under federal law and they are not protected via First Amendment rights under the Constitution. Section 2256 of Title 18 specifically addresses child pornography and defines it as the visual presentation of content that is sexually explicit and involves an individual under the age of 18. The child in the images does not have to be engaged in a sexual act, but could simply be a naked image that is sexually suggestive.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation was given jurisdiction to investigate non-family child abductions under the "Lindbergh Law" in 1932. Contrary to what some might believe, an abducted child does not have to be taken across state lines, there does not have to be a demand for ransom of any kind and the child does not have to be missing for 24 hours before the FBI will get involved.