St. Louis Pornography Defense Attorneys
If you face investigation for or charges related to pornography offenses, you want to carefully choose the lawyer who will handle your case. A conviction for a pornography offense can carry severe consequences. You may be required to register as a sex offender. You may find yourself subject to an order that limits your access to your children. You want an experienced and knowledgeable pornography defense attorney in St. Louis to protect your rights.
At The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C., we have more than 60 years of combined legal experience. We have personally handled more than 1,000 criminal trials, so we have the skill, knowledge and experience to protect your rights in court. We can also quickly determine whether your interests will best be served by seeking a plea agreement.
Our Pornography Defense Practice
We provide comprehensive counsel to people charged with pornography offenses in the federal and state courts in Missouri. It is important to understand that both Missouri and the federal government have laws regarding pornography, and the same conduct can subject you to prosecution in both state and federal court. Generally, charges in federal court carry more significant or severe sentences.
Pornography offenses divide into two categories – obscenity and child pornography. Generally, offenses involving the promotion of obscenity, for example, operating a store that sells sexually explicit material, require a determination that the material at issue is actually legally obscene, a difficult task that raises First Amendment issues of freedom of expression. By contrast, offenses of child pornography involve sexually explicit material depicting minors, material the United States Supreme Court has held is outside the protection of the First Amendment.
Our lawyers have extensive experience in defending individuals charged with obscenity related and child pornography related offenses, in both state and federal court. In particular, we have successfully used First Amendment defenses to establish the material at issue was not obscene.
If you hire The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. to defend you in a pornography offense, we will conduct a full investigation of your case, looking at how police gathered evidence against you, as well as the credibility of any testimony against you. We will confirm whether law enforcement officers had probable cause to conduct any search, seizure or arrest, and whether you were properly advised of your constitutional rights if taken into custody. We will determine if any First Amendment issues apply to your case and could serve as a meaningful defense.
We know from experience that allegations of obscenity and child pornography can often carry a hidden agenda, from advantage in a family law dispute to resentment over the termination of a relationship. We will look for any evidence that may be used to challenge the testimony of your accuser, or that supports your alibi.
Contact The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C.
For a free initial consultation with an experienced St. Louis criminal law attorney, contact us online or call our office at 314-993-6300 or toll free at 800-844-2232. We will set up a telephone consultation, if necessary, and will meet with you on Saturday upon request. Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express are welcome.