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Connecticut lawmakers are finally catching up with teenagers and technology.

Last week, a new Connecticut law went into effect that at long last protects and provides legal relief for Connecticut teenagers experimenting with “sexting” (that’s when teenagers consensually swap naked photos of each other with their cell phones).   The new law finally distinguishes teenage sexting from traditional child pornographers and child predatory crimes.

Under the new law, sexting between certain minors is no longer a felony crime that can be transferred to adult court and carries years of mandatory jail time. Now it’s a Class A misdemeanor for juveniles under 18.

Yes, it’s still a crime, and still serious, but no longer carries the devastating career-killing, life-changing consequences that engaging in this conduct threatened our teenagers with before this new law was enacted.

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As many of the best Connecticut child pornography criminal lawyers and attorneys know, a typical child pornography prosecution can start like this:

6 in the morning there’s a loud knock at your door.

At least 5-7 Connecticut police officers or FBI agents are at your front door with a search warrant signed by a Connecticut judge, authorizing these officers to enter your home and to seize and search all of your computers, iPads, iphones and other electronic devices. They can and will take everything they want (even your children’s electronics and hardware)—at their sole discretion—and will usually confine you to a room or allow you to leave after they search you.

This is the typical Possession of Child Pornography search warrant scenario in Connecticut, and top Connecticut child porn lawyers and attorneys are seeing enforcement dialed up as child porn sharing technology over the internet escalates.

So if you’re the target a Connecticut child pornography search warrant or investigation, keep reading to learn how to best protect yourself and your family.
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Sex crimes detectives in Stamford, Westport, Fairfield, Weston and Greenwich Connecticut have huddled up over recent years to figure out how to aggressively investigate and prosecute Connecticut Possession of Child Pornography arrests. With the help of federal and state funding, coupled with the construction of state-of-the-art computer forensic labs, the sex and computer detective divisions in towns like Greenwich, Weston, Westport and Stamford Connecticut are finally up to date with the latest technology and equipment to make arrests in Connecticut for Possession of Child Pornography under C.G.S. § 53a-196. The best Connecticut Child Pornography criminal lawyers understand that the scariest thing about Connecticut Child Pornography investigations is that you usually don’t know you’re being investigated until Connecticut police show up at your door at 6 in the morning to execute a search warrant or arrest warrant at your house, freaking out your wife, your kids, and your neighbors. The shame and embarrassment that even a Child Pornography search warrant can bring upon you and your family can linger and impact you both personally and professionally.

So it’s crucial that if police come to your door with a search warrant in connection with an arrest for Possession of Child Pornography or kiddie porn, you need to be prepared on what do to, and even more importantly, what NOT to do…

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In a bold move by law enforcement, New Jersey prosecutors arrested 20 high school and middle school students for sexting and circulating nude photos of a female classmate, charging them all with felony invasion of privacy crimes. And as the top Stamford, New Canaan, Darien and Greenwich Connecticut juvenile criminal lawyers would tell you, Connecticut police and prosecutors are now aggressively enforcing sexting laws, trying to put a stop to the dissemination and circulation of nude photos of students in cyberspace.

As a result, parents of Greenwich, New Canaan, Darien, Westport and Fairfield Connecticut high school and middle school students are now wondering…can my kid really get arrested in Connecticut for sexting?

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A story in this week’s Stamford Advocate reports how a Stamford plumber was sentenced to 5 years jail and 20 years probation for Possession of Child Pornography in the First Degree. While I would never condone possession of child pornography, I still cannot understand how the Connecticut penal code can impose such tough sentences on certain people arrested in Stamford, Greenwich, Westport, New Canaan and Darien with Possession of Child Pornography for possession—not distribution—of Child Pornography under CGS 53a-196b. Especially when the downloading of the illegal images is mixed in with primarily legal pornographic images.

How many images must you be in possession of to receive the mandatory minimum 5-year jail sentence? And does it matter that the illegal, pornographic images are downloaded accidentally? The answers are not what you think…

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