On Wednesday, March 4, a Cleveland business owner and family man received
a vastly reduced prison sentence for federal child pornography charges,
due to the vigilant defense counsel of
Attorney Ian N. Friedman. The man originally faced a federal prison sentence of 151 to 188 months,
but a U.S. District Judge ruled that he will only serve 87 months.
The charges were filed against Attorney Friedman’s client after the
man sold an electronic device containing child pornography on eBay. The
buyers of the device contacted police, and Secret Service investigators
tracked the transaction to the client. Upon further investigation, they
discovered that the man had a collection of more than 70,000 files of
minors engaged in sexually explicit activity. The client was charged under
federal law and faced a maximum sentence of 15 years in federal prison.
Under the guidance and counsel of Attorney Friedman, however, the client’s
sentence was drastically reduced. In addition to the 7 year sentence,
when release the client will remain on supervised release for 5 years,
have restricted access to the Internet, and be required to register as
a sex offender.
While handing down the sentence, the U.S. District Judge noted that while
the client's collection was the largest she had ever seen, she did
not feel that the maximum sentence was proper, as more serious crimes
often receive shorter sentences. The judge stated that she was also encouraged
by the unwavering support Pullman's family had shown throughout the trial.
Additionally, Attorney Friedman explained during the hearing that his client
was undergoing treatment. As
Cleveland.com reported, the man tearfully expressed his remorse for the collection of files that
he stated is a "source of enduring shame."
The Importance of Choosing Knowledgeable Defense for Cybercrime Charges
Internet crimes typically lead to serious felony or federal charges that carry severe
penalties, which is why it is imperative to retain an attorney who is
seasoned in technology defense. Attorney Ian Friedman is extensively experienced
in defending clients in complex cybercrime cases, and he stays current
on the latest developments in this evolving field. Additionally, Attorney
Friedman is a sought-after speaker, published author, and adjunct professor
in computer, internet, and technology law.
Contact Ian N. Friedman if you need outstanding defense for criminal charges in the Cleveland area.