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Cranford Resident Charged with Possessing Child Pornography

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Cranford Man Arrested

It was announced this week that a resident of Cranford has been arrested and charged with one count of possession of child pornography after a police raid of his home. The suspect, 41-year-old Joseph Hinksmon, was arrested on July 24, 2019 during the raid.

Officers removed multiple computers and other electronics from Hinksmon’s home that contained more than 10,000 pictures and more than 1,000 videos of child pornography. Some of the media depicted prepubescent children who were being abused sexually.

Hinksmon is slated to make his first appearance in court on Friday, August 2 at the Newark federal court in front of United States Magistrate Judge Cathy L. Waldor. The criminal complaint detailing the raid, arrest and subsequent charges was released on Friday, July 26.

Possible Penalties

If convicted, Hinksmon faces a maximum possible prison sentence of 20 years and a maximum fine of $250,000. Aside from the criminal charges, those convicted of possessing child pornography will also face personal and public penalties. It might be difficult to obtain employment and the accused, if convicted, will need to register as a sex offender.

As with all criminal charges, suspects are innocent until proven guilty by a court of law. The information contained in the criminal complaint is only an accusation against the suspect.

Working with a Criminal Defense Attorney

When faced with criminal charges, including possession of child pornography, it is in your best interest to work with an experienced criminal defense attorney in New Jersey. Trying to represent yourself in such a serious situation will only make matters worse as you do not know the law, do not know the filing deadlines and might miss court appearances if you are incarcerated.

A criminal defense attorney can help you when faced with possession of child pornography in any of the following ways:

  • Review the evidence gathered
  • Obtain the police report
  • Scour the criminal complaint
  • Speak to witnesses
  • Hire expert witnesses
  • Negotiate a plea deal with the prosecutor
  • Determine if the search was legal (review search warrant)
  • Know when to file an appeal
  • Represent you at trial
  • Explain what to expect at trial
  • Provide you with an honest evaluation of your case
  • Explain the possible penalties you face if you are convicted

Contact an Experienced Morristown Criminal Defense Lawyer About Your Possession of Child Pornography Charges in New Jersey

Were you arrested or charged with possession of child pornography in New Jersey? The consequences of a conviction could be severe, leaving you with a permanent criminal record and possibly even sending you to jail. That is why you need to speak with a qualified criminal defense attorney as soon as possible about your case. The attorneys at Hanlon Dunn Robertson Schwartz have successfully represented clients charged with possession of child pornography in Morristown, Florham Park, Denville Township, Kinnelon, and throughout New Jersey. Call 973-267-8895 or fill out the online contact form to schedule a consultation with a member of our legal team. We have an office conveniently located at 33 Market Street Morristown, NJ 07960, as well as offices located in New Brunswick.

The articles on this blog are for informative purposes only and are no substitute for legal advice or an attorney-client relationship. If you are seeking legal advice, please contact our law firm directly.

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