Can Authorities Really Prove That You Engaged in Florida Cybercrime Activity?

November 10, 2014 by David S. Seltzer

Perhaps police arrested you on charges of possessing or distributing pornography in Florida after conducting a thorough investigation into your computer use. Or maybe police recently busted someone you love for allegedly soliciting a minor for sexual relations.

In either case, you understand the dire legal consequences of a conviction.

However, a key element of the American judicial system is that, in criminal cases, prosecutors must prove their cases beyond a reasonable doubt. Defendants in pornography cases can sow reasonable doubt in the minds of jurors by challenging evidence that the prosecution submits. In certain types of criminal cases, evidence presented is straight-forward and easy to understand. “This is the gun the suspect had.”

But when you’re dealing with evidence that’s less tangible -- such as electronic media, digital files, software, and computer code -- it can be a lot harder to establish what exactly happened, who did what, when, and how. For instance:

• Did you really illegally obtain an explicit digital photograph of an underage person?
• How can you be sure that authorities did not doctor images?
• What if you “accidentally” downloaded pornographic files to your computer without intending to… or without even knowing that pictures ended up on your hard drive?

Whether you’re computer savvy and you did commit a crime (or believe that you did)… or you’re the opposite of computer savvy and insist that you’re completely innocent of any criminal wrongdoing, you deserve intelligent counsel to help you navigate your next steps and make smart decisions. Call a qualified and experienced Florida cybercrime defense lawyer at Seltzer Law, PA, to speak with an attorney today about your defense options. We are available any time of day, 24/7, at 1-888-THE-DEFENSE (1-888-843-3333) to provide a free, completely confidential consultation about your rights.