Child Pornography Investigation–what should you expect if you are being investigated for possessing child pornography? It will probably start with a knock at the door by law enforcement informing you that they have a warrant to search your phone, computers, etc. for child pornography. Extremely stressful–to say the least.
As law enforcement agents proceed to do preliminary tests on your computer to check for child pornography, another officer will generally attempt to interview you. Because you are not in police custody, you will not be given your Miranda rights. Before giving an interview, ask for an attorney.
Your computers, cell phone and other items authorized to be seized in the warrant will be taken by officers. Because of a backlog at the crime lab, it takes months, sometimes up to a year, for the computers to be analyzed. Law enforcement officers often will tell suspects that they will be contacted once an investigation is complete. Be sure to contact an attorney immediately. I have received calls from many who end up in jail on a huge warrant because they thought they’d be notified by law enforcement before a warrant goes out.
It is easier to keep a person out of jail than to get a person out of jail. A qualified attorney can track your case with law enforcement and the district attorney to determine if/when charges will be filed. This allows an attorney to arrange for a surrender on a warrant, hopefully with release to an agency that will supervise the defendant without him having to post bail.
If you are being investigated for possession of child pornography in Salt Lake City, Provo, Vernal, Ogden, West Jordan, Logan or any city in the State of Utah, call me for a free consultation.