New Orleans, LA (PRWEB) October 31, 2012
New Orleans criminal defense attorney Elizabeth Carpenter spoke last Friday in a session titled Cyber Crimes: Digital Forensics and Defense at the Annual Education Seminar in New Orleans, a continuing education seminar organized by the New Orleans Paralegal Association (NOPA).
Sex crimes defense requires a very specific defense strategy backed by extensive investigation and trial preparation—something that not all defense attorneys have a background for. NOPA asked Carpenter to speak at their Annual Education Seminar because she has undergone training in Forensics and DNA Evidence at the National Institute of Justice and the DNA Initiative Project, and because she has extensive experience as a New Orleans child pornography defense attorney and cyber crimes attorney.
Not all defense attorneys are willing or equipped to defend Internet crimes, explained Carpenter. “To form an Internet crimes defense in New Orleans, your attorney has to be familiar with the technology in question. If you’re arrested or served with a search warrant for child pornography or other cyber crimes, a computer forensic technician will go through the hard drive of your computer and write up a forensic report. If your attorney doesn’t know how to read the more technical parts of those reports, they won’t be able to form a strong defense.”
The penalties for cyber crime offenses in Louisiana are severe. The sentencing guidelines for even a first-time offender require a mandatory minimum sentence of 2 years and a possible maximum of 10 years without parole per count, along with a fine of up to $10,000. Furthermore, anyone convicted of a child pornography-related cyber crime must register as a sex offender, a requirement that can lead to loss of employment, estrangement from family, and even difficulty finding housing.
“A cyber crime charge is not something that is easy to face,” said Carpenter, “both because of the technical aspects of cases such as these and because of the stigma attached to Internet crimes. It’s important to have someone representing you who is familiar with the procedures involved, and it’s also important to have an attorney who is on your side. My job as a cyber crimes defense attorney isn’t to judge you—it’s to use my experience to protect your rights and preserve your freedom.”
ABOUT ELIZABETH B. CARPENTER, ESQ.
Elizabeth B. Carpenter, Esq. is an experienced New Orleans criminal defense attorney. She received her Juris Doctorate from Loyola University Law School, and is a member and supporter of the Louisiana State Bar Association, Louisiana Association for Criminal Defense Lawyers, and National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Her law offices have successfully represented clients in Orleans, Jefferson, Lafayette, Plaquemines, St. John, St. Tammany and St. Charles Parishes. Carpenter’s mission is to provide clients with exceptional, personalized, and professional service.