They Took My Computer…Am I Under Investigation for a Crime??

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They Took My Computer….What Do I do”?

It begins with a knock on your door.  It is a law enforcement officer from the FBI, ICE or one of the other Federal criminal investigative agencies.  It may be from a local detective.  They ask if they can talk to you.  The ask permission to look on your computer or they ask permission to take your computer.  Most people relent and voluntarily turn over their computer or worse yet consent to an interview.  As an Experienced Florida Child Pornography Lawyer,never give up your computer and keep your mouth shut.

Government investigators are constantly monitoring the Internet.  The “thought police” really do exist and really are monitoring which sites you visit and what you look at and particularly what you download to your computer.  Child pornography images have identifying “hash” values, similar to fingerprints.  Google can identify child porn if it somehow goes through a Google site like Picasaweb.  If you are on a peer to peer site, you are being tracked and the hash values for certain images will lead the police to your door.

They may not have enough for a warrant to take your computer buy you may be a suspect and they may try and talk you into voluntarily turning it over.  As a Florida Child Porn Attorney, do not do it.  Call a lawyer.

Not all criminal defense lawyers are experienced in cyber crimes

As a Florida Criminal Defense Lawyer, experienced in Child Porn Criminal Defense, I have been handling sex crimes involving computers as long as there have been computers.  There are technical defenses that have nothing to do with guilt or innocence.  Just because you are guilty does not mean they can prove it. As a Florida Federal Sex Crimes Defense Attorney, confession may be good for the soul but if you confess to law enforcement, they will put your body in Federal prison for many years.  I cannot stress how very important it is to absolutely keep your mouth shut.  When you hear those very ominous words “you have the right to an attorney”, shut up and call a lawyer.  You cannot talk your way out of an arrest or out of jail.  The only way legally they can put you “behind” the computer at the time of a crime, many times is with your own admission.  You may be in a house where many people have access to the computer or have an unprotected router and the police may not be able to prove who downloaded a particular image.  Don’t talk yourself into jail.

If you have been contacted or a search warrant has been executed and your computer seized I suggest you call  941 366 3506 24/7 or send me a confidential email to with contact information and view (by clicking) the “ABOUT” at the top of this page to see my 40 years experience and credentials. All Replies below are strictly confidential and never public.

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