If you have been charged with a crime involving a computer and the Internet (sometimes called “cyber” crimes) in Maryland, here's what you need to know:
Internet crimes, including possession or distribution of child pornography and sexual solicitation of a minor or identity theft and hacking, carry not only the possibility of jail time and heavy fines but also an associated social stigma — such as the need to register on a public sex offender list.
There are a number of legal issues that you can explore with an attorney in an attempt to defend your rights. For example, in child pornography cases, there is a distinction between possession (which is a misdemeanor) and possession with the intent to distribute (which is a felony). This nuance can mean the difference between receiving probation and going to jail.
There is also the looming possibility that the federal government will indict you in one of these matters. The penalties are generally more severe in federal court and if at all possible, you should try to avoid having your case moved there. I am familiar with cases in both jurisdictions and can help you navigate your case in the best way possible.
If you believe you are being investigated for or have been charged with an Internet crime, I can help. I care enough to ensure that you will have the best outcome possible. Contact me today.