Child Porn Conviction for Woman Attempting to Frame Husband

Meri Woods was convicted of downloading child pornography (“child Porn”) in Indiana County, Pennsylvania. She tried to frame her husband by downloading the photographs of child porn. She downloaded 40 pictures of child porn on the home computer and then turned it into the police. She then told police that her husband was the one who downloaded child porn or child pornography. She was just recently convicted in Pennsylvania. Unbeknownst to her, the police were able to detect when the pictures were downloaded. The police discovered that the pictures were downloaded after her husband moved out of their home. Woods’s defense relied on the unreliably of the time stamps.

She was also convicted of one count of unsworn falsification to law enforcement. Woods could face up to nine years in prison for the two convictions. She could also be looking at a $20,000 fine. She will be sentenced on December 15, 2014.

Possession of Child pornography and distribution of Child Porn in Minnesota

Individuals convicted of possession of child porn or distribution of child pornography must register as a predatory offender. Prison time is also a likely outcome of a possession of distribution charge. If convicted of distributing child pornography, the sentence could be up to ten years in prison with a $20,000 fine. Consent and mistake of age is not a defense in Minnesota to a charge of distributing or possessing child porn. However, a valid defense could be that the individual was actually 18 years old or older. The consequences are serious and they will likely follow you for the rest of your life.

If you have been charged with possession of child pornography or distribution of child pornography or dissemination of child porn, contact Keller Criminal Defense Attorneys for a free consultation. Max Keller has handled many similar cases throughout Minnesota. We will fight for the best possible outcome, and will take the time to explain the criminal process to you. Max Keller is an aggressive Minnesota defense attorney. Call 952-913-1421 today to ensure you have the best defense possible.

Max Keller has won countless jury trial cases involving misdemeanors and felonies, sex crimes, and DWI’s. He is a member of the Minnesota Society for Criminal Justice, which only allows the top 50 criminal defense attorneys in the state as members. Max is a frequent speaker at CLE’s and is often asked for advice by other defense attorneys across Minnesota.

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What to Do If You Have Been Charged with a Criminal Offense

Stay calm and compose after getting accused of a crime but not charged in Minneapolis, MN. Do not discuss the facts of your case with anyone, including your relatives and family members. Hire a criminal defense attorney with a demonstrated record of winning cases like yours. Your attorney will discuss your rights, guide you on how to cooperate with law enforcement within the legal boundaries, and build a solid defense strategy to fight the charges you could face in the future.
Expungement and sealing of records in Minnesota affect how your criminal history appears to government agencies and the public. The main difference between the two legal actions is that expungement permanently removes past arrests, criminal charges, or convictions from private and public databases, while sealing hides the criminal record from the public. Courts, government entities, and law enforcement agencies can access sealed criminal records.
Minnesota recently passed a public safety bill that brings sweeping changes to the state’s juvenile justice system. While minors sometimes run afoul of the law, the juvenile justice system seeks to account for the differences between children and adults. Therefore, while the penalties for adults convicted of crimes focus on punishment, those for juveniles are aimed at diversion and restorative practices.