Although most people accused of committing crimes are generally viewed with distrust and dislike throughout Maryland, those who are accused of committing crimes against children are perhaps the most despised. Child abuse and other crimes involving children have the ability to fuel public sentiment-people feel very strongly about them, and the assumption of "innocent until proven guilty" may not be afforded to people accused of committing these crimes in the community.
That is not the only problem though-as mentioned in a previous post here, those who have been convicted of committing child abuse or child pornography crimes face severe penalties, both in prison and financially. But, that is not the only repercussion-they also face substantial difficulties upon release from prison. They often have to register on a nationwide sex offender registry, and this limits the locations where they can reside. It also remains a blemish on the person's record, therefore making it difficult for people to find employment.
It is, first of all, important to understand what constitutes pornography. Secondly, it is important to note that the accused has rights just like everyone else. Although many laws exist to protect abused children, sometimes those very laws are manipulated in such a manner that innocent people are accused of committing heinous crimes.
At our law firm we understand the consequences of a conviction for child abuse and child pornography crimes and we fight for our clients. For more information about how our law firm attempts to help, please visit our crimes against children page.