Child pornography is a serious crime punished harshly under both Federal and California State Law. This offense typically involves material depicting children engaged is some form of sexual activity, erotic poses, or in a state of undress. With the rapid growth of the Internet, these types of crimes are on the rise; pornographic materials are easily accessible online, and the volume available continues to increase. If charged with this sex crime, a conviction will result in severe penalties which include a lengthy prison term.
At The Justice Firm, our Los Angeles child pornography defense lawyers are dedicated to protecting your legal rights and freedom. We understand the serious punishment those convicted of this criminal offense face if convicted, and the potential damage to an accused individual's life. On the Internet, it is easy to download an image or file unintentionally. There are also instances in which a virus, malware, or other automated program may install files on a computer without the user's knowledge. Even though you are innocent, you could find yourself facing allegations of child pornography or even criminal charges. It is urgent that you contact an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately when facing any type of sex crime involving children.Child Pornography Charges in California
As mentioned, you will face severe and life-changing consequences if convicted of child pornography. Some specific charges involved in the prosecution of these types of offenses include:
- Distribution of child pornography
- Possession of child pornography
- Peer to peer sharing of child pornographic materials
- Chat rooms
- Federal child pornography charges
- Prepubescent enhancement
- Penetration enhancement
- Possession of obscene material
In California all sex crimes are punished harshly, particularly those involving children. If accused of this offense, it is critical to have a trusted defense attorney who is capable of protecting you from unnecessary punishment, and the social stigma often associated with child pornography. Your career, reputation, and even your freedom are in jeopardy.Criminal Penalties for Child Pornography in Los Angeles
If convicted of child pornography, some of the penalties you may be subject to include incarceration, substantial fines, and for many people the most devastating of all, the requirement to register as a sex offender pursuant to Penal Code 290.
The penalties you face if convicted depend on a number of factors, including your criminal history, whether you have been charged at the state or federal level, and the specific offense you have been charged with. The majority of cases are prosecuted as felonies, however some are considered misdemeanors.
A conviction on a misdemeanor child pornography charge will leave you facing potential fines of up to $2,500 and up to one year in jail. If convicted of a felony, penalties become more serious and include incarceration for between sixteen months and eight years in California State Prison, along with fines of as much as $100,000. While these penalties are indeed harsh, for many individuals the requirement to register as a sex offender for life is the most damaging of all.Contact The Justice Firm now
Accusations of child pornography should be taken very seriously, as the impact of a conviction is great and may affect not only your freedom, but your reputation, career, and even relationships. As a highly qualified Los Angeles criminal defense firm, we know the most effective defense strategies used in these types of cases. We will thoroughly investigate the details of your case, and challenge evidence brought by prosecutors. Contact our team for outstanding legal guidance and representation today at 310-914-2444.