If you are being investigated for, or charged with, offences relating to indecent images of children you will require specialist darknet solicitors to help protect your interests.
We see many people accused of making, possessing or distributing indecent images of children via the dark web, and in our experience this terminology is frequently misunderstood and this area of law can become incredibly complex.
Many people are shocked and concerned when a police investigation highlights dark web activity on their computer devices, or the presence of browsing software such as TOR that may suggest dark web activity.
The dark web is often accessed by the Hidden Wiki, which acts as an entrypoint for newbies and provides links to some dark web markets and plenty of scams. The dark web, as with any ‘community’, comes with its own lingo, and while people unfamiliar with it may not know that asking for cheese pizza is a request for child pornography, or that so-called Red Rooms exist, live streaming torture and murder, the police are increasingly aware of what dark web activity can mean.
It is important to remember that simply owning and using TOR, or a high-level shredding device, is not illegal or wrong.
If you are unsure what the dark web is, Vice.com gives this explanation:
In reality, the dark web is a relatively tiny collection of difficult-to-reach sites, that, for criminals, deal in drugs, weapons, stolen data, and child pornography. On the brighter side, are sites for dropping sensitive documents to journalists, and that page that just endlessly tells cat jokes.
While the dark web may be small in size, it’s fair to say that where indecent images are found on a person’s devices together with dark web activity, the Crown Prosecution Service will suggest a link between the two, arguing that the dark web activity shows a deliberate and proactive attempt to access indecent images of children.
This may, of course, not be the case, and it is vital that you seek the guidance of specialist darknet solicitors to present your side of the story at the earliest opportunity. If you are under police investigation, do not wait to be charged.
You will need a team of specialist darknet solicitors to protect your interests. Call our team now on 01623 397200.