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NEVER let authorities search your home, car or belongings, even if you are innocent and have nothing to hide! Make them get a warrant! Never accept a plea deal, especially if you didn't do the "crime," nor believe what police tell you. Contact a lawyer and talk with them now!
NOTE: We are not legal experts, just offering our personal advice.
Not knowing my rights because I had never been in trouble, two years ago I was approached by a LT with the Delaware county police department that combats child pornography. When he and his partner at the time approached me, I freaked out because I know I did not look up any pictures of that sort. I did ask for a lawyer but that just pissed them off and I was threaten and warned. Once I agreed they searched my house after threatening me to allow them to search my home. 5 months later they come find me I had moved back to Kansas where I was from because I lost my job and couldn't find a new one. I had no choice so I updated my unemployment info. I did not have a number or name or anything else to contact directly. I started a new job and got a new apt in Kansas and three weeks later I had the FBI coming in and taking me to the city jail and waited 27 days for PA to come take me back. After fighting for 5-6 months I was forced into a deal by my public defender. He told me that he saw everything and they had a marked pic which was the very pic they showed me and I admitted that I downloaded but the person was not under 18 and it wasn't even a sexual pic it was maybe an erotic pic but not a sex pic. They assured me that it was. They being my PD and the DA. I was told I could go to prison for 8yrs per pic and that I needed to take this deal or I would go away for a long time. After I took the deal and after the time allowed to appeal this case I was given my discovery and was never shown the evidence even though I was told they would show me proof. After the fact I found that they sent this pic to the FBI and it came back as not child porn as I stated in the first place and they knew this two months before they applied to the court for a warrant. The int'l warrant was given under false information to the judge plus I sat in jail for an addition 5-6 months waiting to get out of jail and to be transferred back to Kansas. I was also marked as a fugitive even though they didn't have to look for me because I was working and living in the open and I left all of my info with friends which info they had been given during the int'l contact. Now even though my compact agreement from PA says I am not a sex offender and that I did not have to go through treatment and all that. Being that probation for PA made me sign paper work for probation in PA just in case the transfer didn't go through I would be setup with them. I am forced to register and go through treatment. Which my probation officer and place I am going through treatment with agree I do not belong in are forced through the agreement to keep me in. Now I can't even get a lawyer to look at because I am told I took a deal so I am screwed.