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Child Pornography Attorneys in Erie, PA

The criminal defense attorneys at Sebald, Hackwelder, & Knox represent clients charged with child pornography in state and federal court. Our offices are located in Erie, PA, but we have represented clients across the state on these serious charges. Federal and state child pornography statutes prohibit the production, possession, receipt, mailing, sale, distribution, shipment, or transportation of child pornography. 

Child Pornography Crime Defense Attorneys Erie PA Sebald, Hackwelder, & Knox

The federal statutes that criminalize sexual abuse and exploitation of minors prohibit conduct across a spectrum of activity, including the following:

  • actual abuse;
  • transporting minors with intent to abuse;
  • commercial exploitation;
  • promotion of abuse;
  • the receipt, distribution, advertisement, or possession of child pornography; or
  • engaging in abusive or exploitative enterprises.

Never make a statement to any law enforcement officer until after you have retained our experienced criminal defense attorneys. If you are under investigation for any accusation involving the exploitation of children, then call the child pornography defense attorneys at Sebald, Hackwelder, & Knox to discuss your case.

Have Questions about Child Pornography Charges? 

What is the jail time for being convicted of child pornography crimes?

Federal convictions of child pornography offenses can result in decades of jail time. For those convicted of being in possession of child pornography, a prison sentence may be as long as 10 years. If the minor depicted in the pornography is under the age of 12, a prison sentence could be up to 20 years.

What type of activities constitutes a child pornography charge?

Posessing any type of visual media (images or photographs) depicting a minor (an individual under the age of 18) in a sexually explicit way is considered child pornography. Under federal law, undeveloped film, video tape, and electronically stored data are also considered child pornography as they can be converted into a visual media depicting a child in a sexually explicit way.

How can I be acquitted of crimes involving child pornography?

As child pornography is a form of child exploitation, it is very challenging to be acquitted of crimes involving this type of pornography. Children and minors are highly protected from exploitation (especially sexually) at both a state and federal level. If you’ve been charged with crimes involving child pornography, your best bet is to get an attorney who is experienced in defending this type of case to fight for you.

What does federal law mean by “explicit” in terms of child pornography?

The federal government does not require that images considered to be child pornography involve a minor engaged in sexual activity for the images, videos or other visuals to be deemed as explicit. This is because a naked picture of a child is sexually suggestive, which means that it also would fall under the category of “explicit.”

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I was charged with theft by extortion, a 3rd degree felony which carries a possible sentence of 7 years in prison and 15,000 in fines. Against my better judgement, I took the advice of Stephen and pled guilty for a reduced sentence. Because I listened to his expert advice, I will serve NO prison time, NO jail time, and my fine was minimal. Thanks again Stephen for a tough uphill battle, and you never gave up.

 
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I have many good things to say about Mr. Hackwelder and his team. From the beginning he came to our aid last minute and were good at keeping open lines of communication with me and my family. They worked on our case up to the last possible moment and even met with me on weekends. He answered all my questions throughout the whole process, was polite and did not waste time. The case was an extremely hard one, and the legal system was a bear to work with, but Mr. Hackwelder showed up every time with lots of energy and a positive attitude. He never promised what could not be done, but our results were extremely positive, in part to his hard work and constant attention to important details. I highly recommend him and his team. Mr. Hackwelder, I believe, went above and beyond the call of duty in our unique circumstance.

 
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I received a speeding ticket while traveling through Erie, PA. Steve and his expert team took care of everything while I was 600 miles away in North Carolina. He greatly reduced my conviction and fines. Valerie on his team took the time to hand-hold me through the process. I truly appreciate all that Steve and his team did to resolve this positively for me.

 
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Steve has helped us numerous times. He has been there for us when ever we call and made himself available in a moments notice when necessary. He knows just what to do and is also great at dealing with the emotional side of the situation. We trust him completely and would highly recommend Steve.

 
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Eric has helped us numerous times. He has been there for us when ever we call and made himself available in a moments notice, when necessary. He knows just what to do and is also great at dealing with the emotional side of the situation. We trust him completely and would highly recommend Eric.

 
Rhonda

Mr. Hackwelder and Mr. Sebald both worked very diligently to a resolution of a very serious case. My son was accused of a crime that would have cost him his freedom and caused irreparable harm to his reputation and his family unit. A conviction would have led to certain alienation of his rights as a father. My son, a provider and a family man was accused by a third party with an obvious agenda. Both Hackwelder and Sebald did exactly as the indicated at our first meeting. They said that this case would end up dismissed and it was. They were able to successfully demonstrate to the district attorney that there was no way that this case would be successfully prosecuted because of the lack of evidence, improper conduct and the overt agenda of the accusing party. I would not hesitate to ask Eric Hackwelder or Stephen Sebald to represent my loved ones again and you definitely shouldn't look any further.

 
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MichaelErie, PA

I would highly recommend Attorney Hackwelder. My case was different than most but he went out of his way to do his research to make sure things went my way. He won the case for me and if I ever need another attorney I will call him again.

 
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