As the internet grew, law enforcement agencies here in Tennessee and elsewhere developed cybercrime divisions in order to police it. New laws were passed to make certain online activities illegal. The penalties for many of these new crimes such as viewing child pornography online can be severe.
What some law enforcement agencies fail to take into account is that some pornographic material, including child pornography, can end up on a person's computer without the individual even viewing it. Attorneys who represent people accused of viewing such images on the internet often call in computer and internet specialists to determine how the material ended up on the individual's computer, when it was downloaded and when the material was deleted. Specialists will also work to determine whether any other person had access to the computer.
This investigation takes place after an arrest, however. If law enforcement officials come to your door and accuse you of viewing child pornography on your computer, do not inadvertently waive your rights. You are not required to talk to officers or let them into your home unless they have a search warrant. Contact an attorney immediately to ensure that your rights are protected.
The penalties for child pornography include potential prison time and/or fines. If convicted, you could also end up having to register as a sex offender, have restrictions placed on where you can live and end up being on probation or otherwise supervised for the rest of your life. Therefore, it is essential that you assert your legal rights and engage a Tennessee cyber crimes attorney to advocate on your behalf as quickly as possible.