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As a criminal defense lawyer based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Attorney Shawn Haff understands that facing child Pornography criminal charges can be a daunting and overwhelming experience. Thankfully, Criminal Defense Lawyer Shawn Haff is here to offer his expertise and support to help you navigate through the legal system and overcome the challenges you may be facing in West Michigan courtrooms.

Shawn will provide you with strong legal representation, conduct a thorough and detailed investigation and develop effective defense strategies tailored to your unique case. Shawn is dedicated to protecting your rights and fighting for your freedom. Shawn has handled a vast amount of Child Pornography charges, with outstanding results for his clients.

One of the keyways Shawn helps his clients is by thoroughly examining the evidence against them and identifying any weaknesses or inconsistencies. This allows me to build a strong defense and challenge the prosecution's case. Attorney Shawn also have a deep understanding of the criminal justice system and have developed relationships with prosecutors and judges, which can be beneficial in negotiating for reduced charges or penalties.

Success for Shawn's clients means achieving the best possible outcome for their case. This could include having charges dropped, negotiating a plea deal for reduced charges or penalties, or winning a not guilty verdict at trial. Shawn will strive to provide his clients with peace of mind and the best possible chance for a positive outcome.

As Grand Rapid's Michigan's best child pornography defense lawyer, Shawn is committed to providing his clients with personalized attention and support throughout the entire legal process. Shawn knows the stress and uncertainty that comes with facing criminal charges, and he will guide you every step of the way. Shawn will listen to your concerns, answer any questions you may have, and keep you updated on the progress of your case.

In addition his legal expertise, Shawn brings empathy, compassion, and a non-judgmental approach to my practice. Shawn treats his clients with dignity and respect, regardless of the accusations against them. He is committed to fighting for justice and protecting the rights of my clients, no matter the circumstances.

Choosing the right criminal defense lawyer can make all the difference in the outcome of your case. With my experience, dedication, and personalized approach, Shawn knows he can help you overcome your legal challenges and achieve a successful resolution. Don't face your criminal charges alone, let me be the advocate and ally you need in your corner. Contact me today to schedule a consultation and see how Shawn can help you at 616-438-6719.

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Child pornography charges are increasing in Michigan and in Federal Courts. Law enforcement officials are searching for file-sharing services daily for child pornography. A person may be on a file sharing service looking for legal items to download but if child pornography is on this file sharing service, you could get a visit from your local law enforcement officer.

The Criminal Defense Law Center of West Michigan has seen people charged with child pornography that has little or no prior criminal record.  Those charged, who do have prior convictions, often have no prior sexual conduct or child pornography charges.

The social outrage and scorn prompted by a person charged for this criminal act is high. Very few offenses carry the degree of shame and and negative stigma that results from a child pornography charges. 

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Types of Charges Related to Child Pornography

Several types of conduct involving child sexually abusive material can give rise to a child pornography charge.

While Michigan laws pertaining to child pornography harsh, there are also federal statutes governing child pornography.  This criminal  activity, includes the production of child porn, the sexual exploitation of children, receipt, possession, or distribution of pornographic material and production of child pornography for importation to the United States. If someone has been accused or charged of this kind of criminal activity, they should contact a Grand Rapids child pornography lawyer right away!

What You Need To Know About Child Pornography Charges

In terms of the societal scorn and outrage prompted by a criminal act, few offenses carry the degree of stigma and shame that results from a child pornography charge. The federal prohibition on the sale, possession or creation of sexually explicit content that in any way involves children.

Because state and federal authorities regularly bring the full force of their powers to bear in prosecuting these types of crimes, it is important to contact a skilled sex crimes attorney. Those accused of this type of conduct must obtain the help of a Grand Rapids child pornography lawyer.



The most important case involving child pornography laws in the United States of America is New York v. Ferber. In Feber, the United States Supreme court held that the First Amendment of the United States does not keep the states or federal government from creating and enforcing laws banning the sale of material depicting children engaged in sexual acts. 

The United States Supreme Court held that child pornography can be banned even if the material is not obscene. People who are charged in either federal or state courts need to hire an attorney who is experienced in defending child pornography charges in federal or state courts.

In Ferber, The United States Supreme Court held that the government has a compelling interest in protecting children from sexual exploitation. The Court also ruled that the distribution of child pornography is intrinsically bound with the sexual abuse of children. The court also ruled that even pictures of children engaging in sexual activity may be made illegal by state governments and by the federal government.

Over the last 15 years, the maximum penalties for child pornography have gone up 500 percent in the last 15 years! There are numerous of charges related to child pornography that are prosecuted in state and federal courts. The main decision of whether a state or federal prosecutor picks up a case depends on what type of law enforcement agency is prosecuting the law. 

If the case has national attention, the federal government is more likely to pick up the case as well. If the case deals with the transportation of minors across state lines, the federal government is more likely to pick up the case. If the case deals with sending pictures across state lines, the federal government is more likely to pick up charges. Most of the time, the federal government will punish child pornography harsher than the state of Michigan does.

Child Pornography Charges in Michigan

Child pornography charges come in two categories:

  1. Distribution
  2. Possession.

Using a computer to commit a crime is often added on these charges.

Distribution of Child Pornography (MCL 750.145(c)2)

Distribution of Child Porn is a charge a person can face for simply downloading it on their own computer according to Michigan law.  Distribution of Child Porn need not be forwarded to another person.

A fellow lawyer, who does some work with me at The Criminal Defense Law Center of West Michigan, has noticed that there are several cases in the West Michigan area where people are being charged for Distribution of Child Porn for simply downloading it to their computer or cell phone.

Until recently, a person charged with the distribution of child porn had to attempt, sell or give the material to another person.  The prosecution has successfully argued that under the language of the statue “copies” of material can equal distribution according to MCL 750.145(c)(2). 

There is a massive difference between the penalties for possession and distribution. Possession is a four-year maximum penalty while distribution carries a maximum penalty of 20 years.

To sum things up, under Michigan law as it has been interpreted by the courts, a person engages in the distribution of child porn to themselves. This is down by downloading it to your computer. Places on the internet that file share and very closely watched by law enforcement. Be very careful what you download! We have heard from several people who downloaded what they thought was legal porn only to find out that the file had child pornography on it.

Possession of Child Porn (MCL 750.1450(c))

This charge has a maximum penalty of 4 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.  A person who is convicted of possession must also register as a Tier 1 sex offender.

Model Jury Instructions for Possessing Child Porn (source, the Institute of Continuing Legal Education).

1. The defendant is charged with the crime of possessing or accessing child sexually abusive material. To prove this charge, the prosecutor must prove each of the following elements beyond a reasonable doubt:

2.First, that the defendant [possessed child sexually abusive material / looked for child sexually abusive material and intentionally caused it to be sent to or seen by another person] .

3. Child sexually abusive materials are pictures, movies, or illustrations of [a person under 18 years of age / the representation of a person under 18 years of age] engaged in one or more of the following sexual acts:

    • Sexual intercourse, which is genital-genital, oral-genital, anal-genital, or oral-anal penetration, whether the intercourse is real or simulated, and whether it is between persons of the same or opposite sex, or between a person and an animal, or with an artificial genital, [and/or]
    • Erotic fondling, which is the touching of a person’s clothed or unclothed genitals, pubic area, buttocks, female breasts, or the developing or undeveloped breast area of a child for the purpose of sexual gratification or stimulation of any person involved, but does not include other types of touching, even if affectionate, [and/or]
    • Sadomasochistic abuse, which is restraining or binding a person with rope, chains, or any other kind of binding material; whipping; or torturing for purposes of sexual gratification or stimulation, [and/or]
    • Masturbation, which is stimulation by hand or by an object of a person’s clothed or unclothed genitals, pubic area, buttocks, female breasts, or the developing or undeveloped breast area of a child for sexual gratification or stimulation, [and/or]
    • Passive sexual involvement, which is watching, drawing attention to, or exposing someone to persons who are performing real or simulated sexual intercourse, erotic fondling, sadomasochistic abuse, masturbation, sexual excitement, or erotic nudity for the purpose of sexual gratification or stimulation of any person involved, [and/or]
    • Sexual excitement, which is the display of someone’s genitals in a state of stimulation or arousal, [and/or]
    • Erotic nudity, which is showing the genital, pubic, or rectal area of someone in a way that tends to produce lewd or lustful emotions


[Choose either (4) or (5), depending on whether the depiction is an actual person or is a created representation of a person under the age of 18:]

4. Second, that the defendant knew or should reasonably have known3that the person shown in the sexually abusive material was less than 18 years old, or failed to take reasonable precautions to determine whether the person was less than 18 years old.

5. Second, that the defendant possessed or accessed a portrayal of a person appearing to be under the age of 18, knowing that the person portrayed appeared to be under the age of 18, and all of the following conditions apply:

  • An average person, applying current community standards, would find that the material appealed to an unhealthy or shameful interest in nudity, sex, or excretion.
  • A reasonable person would not find any serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value in the material.
  • The material shows or describes sexual intercourse, erotic fondling, sadomasochistic abuse, masturbation, passive sexual involvement, sexual excitement, or erotic nudity, as previously described for you.

6. Third, that the defendant [knew that (he/she) possessed / knowingly looked for] the material.

Using a Computer to Commit a Crime MCL752.796

This charge carries a penalty of up to twenty years in prison. It is a charge that is almost always added on to any child pornography case.

Many people charged with possession of child pornography had intentions of viewing legal pornography

Federal Child Pornography Charges

Rest assured, Federal law enforcement agencies want to hammer those who put child porn on-line and those who possess it. Pretty much everything you do on the Internet is recorded.  Any interaction a person has with with a website or someone online can be turned over to law enforcement. In some cases, the person you are dealing with might be an undercover agent.  If the U.S. Customs (Department of Homeland Security), the F.B.I. or a U.S. Postal Inspector contact you about your “internet use” you better not talk with them. You should call The Criminal Defense Law Center of West Michigan asap! The federal government will almost always try to get a confession and then a search warrant before they decide to take a case to court. If you don’t talk to the feds, there is a chance no charges will be brought against you. So do not talk to them!

Cases involving transmission of child pornography (emailing a single image to an undercover agent) will land you a mandatory minimum five-year sentence in federal prison. The maximum range is ten years to life imprisonment.

Under federal law, a person may not possess, distribute, copy, or advertising of images containing sexual depictions of minors.  A federal conviction for possession of child pornography can land a person in prison sentence for five to twenty years, and up to forty years if the person has been convicted before.

The state or federal government can prosecute child pornography cases. The prosecution of federal child pornography has risen rapidly over the past ten years:


1995    2000    2005    2009    2010    2011    2012    2013

86        462      1,112   1,826   1,692   1,797   1,645   1,769

If you or anyone you know is charged with or under investigation for a federal child pornography offense, it is extremely important to call The Criminal Defense Law Center of West Michigan at 616-438-6719 and ask for Shawn! An experienced Michigan federal criminal defense attorney can protect your rights.

One of the first things The Criminal Defense Law Center of West Michigan will do is see if there is a challenge to seizures or searches done by the federal government.  A search without a warrant has probably violated the Fourth Amendment of the US Constitution.  Search warrants can be illegal if the officer lied and this lie was needed to obtain the warrant. This means all of the evidence can potentially repressed.

The government must prove the following elements in order to win the case:

  • knowingly possesses any image that contains child pornography, and the image moved interstate commerce or was made by items that moved in interstate commerce.

If the government can prove all of those elements, the jury will be instructed to find the person accused guilty.  If the government is not able to prove all these elements, the jury will be instructed to find the accused not guilty.

We have had cases where the government failed to come close to proving possession child abusive material because the chain of custody was broken.  Instead of dropping the case, the government would then threaten add a charge of distribution charges. As you have read above, distribution is a much more serious charge. 

Under  Michigan Law, the State can charge a person with distribution of child abusive material even if you only download it on your own personal computer. If you are a person who shares movies or pictures online, but extremely careful. File sharing of any kind is watched like a hawk by law enforcement. The police know that these services are used far too often to share child porn.  Pay attention to what you download. You do not want to have the authorities show up at your house.  Today, Bittorrent is a main site for downloading movies and videos. As we have discussed above, anything you download can lead to prosecutors charging with you distribution of illegal pornography. The difference is staggering as a four year felony charge because a twenty year felony charge. 

Call Grand Rapids Criminal Defense Attorney Shawn James Haff now at 616-438-6719. Shawn can help you fight criminal charges of child popornography so you can get back to living. To request a free consultation with criminal defense lawyer Shawn Haff call him now 24/7. 

Police Investigations of Child Pornography

When you find out that you are under investigation by the police you need to call our defense attorney Shawn Haff right away at 616-438-6719. You need to understand that Law enforcement has been known suddenly and unexpectedly show up at your doorstep armed with search warrants. If the police get a search warrant, expect them to show up at your house was early as the next day, very early in the morning to collect evidence. And this will be down before you have had a chance to talk with our criminal defense attorney.  They police will be very forceful with you, trying to get you to talk to confess to them. 

Federal charges like possession or distribution of child pornography carry long-term mandatory prison sentences. Do not wait for help, call criminal defense attorney Shawn Haff asap!

Lasting Effects of Conviction

Conviction for charges related Child pornography include, monetary penalties, incarceration, probation, and other potential punishments imposed. There are also a whole host of other consequences that come along with a conviction that need to be carefully considered. Our Grand Rapids child pornography lawyers know that there will be a massive stigma attached to this type of conviction. A criminal background check that produces this type of history will lead to a loss of employment, revocation of professional licenses and personal shame. Loved ones find the embarrassment of being around someone convicted of this type of crime to be tough to handle.

Registering on the Sex Offender Registry

Michigan’s sex offender registry required mandatory inclusion as provided by MCL 28.729  Being required to register on there will be long lasting public humiliation, a lifetime of difficulty and a reputation that will be in ruins.  An offender will be banned from living in certain areas. They will not be legally allowed on the property of a school. 

Reporting requirements and having to register over and over on the sex offender registry is an intrusive event. It is very inconvenient and the amount of time required to be on the registry is decades. If you there is an issue with failure to comply, more felony charges can filed.  With so much at stake, a person facing these charges must not leave their life up to chance by going with court appointed counsel.  

Talk to a Grand Rapids Child Pornography Attorney

Facing this severe criminal charge in any courthouse in Grand Rapids of West Michigan will cause feelings of sheer panic and worry. An accused party needs to always remember that allegations alone do not mean that a conviction is a given. 

A wise move for someone facing these charges would be to hire a Grand Rapids child pornography lawyer who will work zealously to build up your defense, while protecting your privacy so you do not suffering damage just because you are under investigation or have been charged. 

Child Pornography Defense Lawyers in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Attorney Shawn James Haff is the attorney you need if you want to get the best results possible when facing extremely serious charges related to child pornography. The longer you wait, the more likely you will get into more serious trouble. Do not talk to the police! Do not get in any more trouble and call Shawn Haff now at 616-438-6719. The call is free. Will you be?  

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