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Difference Between State (Virginia) & Federal Child Pornography Charges

If you are facing federal pornography crime charges in the state of Virginia, then you may be charged by local or federal authorities. It’s important to note that the jurisdiction in which you are charged will have an impact not only on potential penalties, but… [...]

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What to Expect at the Initial Appearance in Federal Criminal Cases

The initial appearance in federal criminal court is the first time that someone charged with a federal crime goes before a judge. What happens at initial appearance is governed by Rule 5 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure. What should I expect at the initial appearance?… [...]

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Deleted and Temporary Internet Files: Defending Child Pornography Charges

Child Pornography Defense Lawyers In federal court, possession of child pornography is typically prosecuted under 18 U.S.C. § 2252 and § 2252A. These statutes require that a person “knowingly” possess an image depicting child pornography for there to be a conviction. State child pornography laws also typically require… [...]

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Thumbs.db Files: Defending Child Pornography Charges

Child Pornography Defense Attorneys When law enforcement searches computers for child pornography, they will often only find “thumbs.db files.” Understanding thumbs.db files is therefore critical to developing potential defenses to possession of child pornography charges. Below are several points about thumbs.db files that anyone defending… [...]

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DOJ Charges Three in High-End Virginia Prostitution Ring – Federal Agents Investigate Customers

Federal Criminal Defense Lawyers DOJ Charges Three in High-End Virginia Prostitution Ring – Federal Agents Investigate Customers The Department [...]

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Cary Citronberg Teaches Course on Autism and Internet Sex Crimes in Virginia

Cary Citronberg, a partner at the Alexandria-based law firm Johnson/Citronberg, recently taught a legal course on leveraging autism in internet sex crimes cases to fellow Virginia criminal lawyers. The course, which was put on by the Virginia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (VACDL), focused on… [...]

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Retroactive – Part A to Amendment 821 of Federal Sentencing Guidelines

The U.S. Sentencing Commission has made Part A of Amendment 821 (known as the “status point” amendment) to the Federal Sentencing Guidelines retroactive. This amendment may impact inmates who were on probation, parole, or supervised release at the time they committed the federal offense for… [...]

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Autism and the Dismissal of Criminal Charges in Virginia

Virginia’s criminal justice system has recently acknowledged that autism can contribute to an individual being arrested, and a result, it now allows for the dismissal of criminal charges in some cases. This is especially true for internet sex offenses such as possession of child pornography… [...]

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Sentencing Update: Zero-Point Amendment Retroactive

Latest News in Federal Sentencing The U.S. Sentencing Commission recently announced that a major amendment to Section 4C1.1 of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which applies to zero-point offenders, will become retroactive. This means that potentially thousands of federal inmates could have their sentences reduced and… [...]

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Our Firm Wins Suppression Motion in Major FBI Sex Crimes Case

Fairfax, Virginia — Our firm recently won a major suppression motion in one of the last remaining child pornography cases involving the infamous FBI investigation called Playpen. During the investigation, federal agents obtained statements from our client without first advising him of his rights under… [...]

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