The short answer is that jail is not mandatory. A more detailed explanation of your options can only be done after a thorough review of your entire case by a seasoned criminal defense attorney who has handled these types of cases.
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These are serious charges. You need to do whatever is necessary to get the best legal representation possible. Go see a lawyer right away.
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If you are indicted federally, prison is definitely a strong possibility on those charges. You need an experienced Federal l charges. Sentencing is based upon the federal guidelines. Probation is the exception in federal court.
I will add to what my colleagues have said that you have been extremely unwise in posting any facts relating to your case. It may come as a shock to people a generation or two younger than I, but when you are facing a criminal investigation the internet is your enemy, not your friend. Avvo, may I remind you, is not a confidential legal consultation. It is a public forum which anybody, including the police and the FBI, is free to monitor. Postings can sometimes be traced or identified, and have been. What you post here or anywhere else on the internet can be used to help convict you. Discuss your case completely and candidly with an attorney under the strict seal of confidentiality. Do not discuss it or post about it with anybody else under the sun. Remember what they warned sailors about during the war: "Loose lips sink ships."
Our firm handles many such cases federally and state wide... The advice given this far is accurate, however there should be a thorough review of the guidelines based on your criminal history, or lack there of, as well as a through review of the amount of material alleged...
Please be cautious proceeding forward and speaking to the prosecutor, if there is a limited complaint against you this could significantly open you up to more exposure.
Hire yourself a good federal defense attorney, our rates are highly competitive.
The feds are very hard on these cases. I suggest you hire a good criminal defense lawyer who handles federal court cases.
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Your options include hiring an attorney and not get convicted as charged.
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Federal guidelines are very tough. Please talk privately to an experienced defense attorney in your area.
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There is no required sentence and sentence only comes into play after a plea is taken or a jury convicts. having sex with a 17year old is not against the law in NY so the real question is what facts make up the child pornography charge. Arrange a in-person interview with an experienced criminal attorney like me or many others n NYC.
I have handled many of these cases in federal court and they are serious as the guidelines often require a prison term of several years if you plead guilty and even more if you lose the trial. Review my Avvo rating and website if you can afford private counsel as this is a very serious charge and you will need an experienced lawyer.