Unmatched Expertise in Child Pornography Defense

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  • 30+ years of hands-on legal experience
  • Flawless reputation for handling complex and high-profile cases
  • Among Maryland’s Top Criminal Law Attorneys
  • Rated a Super Lawyer by Baltimore Magazine
  • Handles all criminal defense needs; from sex crimes and fraud to drug cases and child pornography
  • Named Top 100 Criminal Trial Attorneys by The National Trial Lawyers
  • Voted 10 Best in Client Satisfaction from the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys

Child pornography charges are not simply the possessing of “lewd pictures.”  They are considered very serious crimes that are almost always pursued aggressively by State and Federal prosecutors.

Simply viewing these types of materials — or unknowingly sharing them — can warrant incredibly severe penalties. Many individuals view these images through bit torrent programs and file sharing apps, often not realizing that they are allowing others access to these images, thereby disseminating them.  This almost always results in felony child pornography distribution charges. Even accidental downloads can lead to criminal charges.

The laws regarding child pornography in Maryland (Md. Code Ann., Crim. L. §§ 11-201, et. al.) are currently changing and are mirroring Federal child pornography laws (18 U.S.C. §§ 2252, et. al.).  Our team of attorneys has decades of experience in these highly specialized, detail-oriented, and challenging cases.  Over many decades, we have developed unique and repeatedly successful strategies and arguments, both factual and Constitutional, achieving superior results for our clients, both with regard to outcomes in the criminal courts and with regard to the collateral consequences associated with these crimes (such as the Sex Offender Registry).

State or Federal charges involving child pornography can destroy your reputation, ruin your career, and follow you for the remainder of your life. Prosecutors frequently seek the harshest of punishments in these matters. 

Craig Kadish and His Team are Experienced Criminal Defense Attorneys

Craig M. Kadish & Associates, LLC has decades of experience defending a cross-section of individuals charged with child pornography ranging from college students to members of the military, from nationally renowned professionals to staff working for a former President of the United States. 

The team of attorneys at Craig M. Kadish & Associates, LLC engages the services of the nation’s premier computer forensics analysts, often flying them to Maryland for consultation and analysis of our clients’ cases.  This frequently results in the discovery of flaws/problems with the prosecution’s case; their working relationship with our practice has resulted in a number of high-profile acquittals in child pornography cases, and may do the same for you or your loved one charged with child pornography offenses. 


Mr. Kadish has experience in every area of criminal defense, so no matter what charges you’re facing — he and his team have the skill, knowledge, and relationships to help you achieve the best possible outcome.

This is the firm you want on your side when your life, career, family, finances, and reputation are at risk.


Craig M. Kadish & Associates, LLC is an award-winning criminal defense practice with 30+ years of experience in all areas of criminal law.

If you’re facing legal charges, contact the team immediately. They’re available at all hours to help you navigate the challenging legal process and reach the best possible outcome.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are there any defenses to possession of child pornography?

Yes, although these cases are complex and require intricate legal maneuvers. Our firm has tried high-profile cases that resulted in no sex offender registration and no conviction. We also regularly engage one of the premier computer forensics consulting firms in the U.S. to assist in these matters.

What constitutes child pornography?

Child pornography is currently defined under Maryland Code Ann., Crim. L. §11-207. The definition is lengthy, and as of October 1, 2019, the State of Maryland will, like the federal statute, include “child erotica.” Under Maryland Code Ann., Crim L. § 11-208, a person may not knowingly retain a film, videotape, photograph, or other visual representsation showing an actual child under the age of 16 years: (1) engaged as a subject of sadomasochistic

 abuse, (2) engaged in sexual conduct, or (3) in a state of sexual excitement.

How serious is a charge of simple possession of child pornography?

Possession of child pornography can be an extremely challenging and socially stigmatizing charge to face.  In the State of Maryland, a first conviction if charactertized as a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, a person is subject to a maximum penalty of 5 years and/or a $2,500 fine For a second of subsequent conviction is charaterized as a felony and, upon conviction, a person is subject to a maximum penalty of 10 years and/or a $10,000 fine.


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