While Internet pornography is certainly common, it becomes illegal when the pornography exploits children or becomes obscene. When minors are present in pornographic materials online, it is illegal not only in California, but in all U.S. states. A conviction can result in harsh penalties which may include jail/prison time, fines, and more. If you or someone you know has been accused of or arrested for Internet pornography possession or distribution, it is critical to consult with an experienced Los Angeles criminal defense attorney at once. At The Justice Firm we work vigorously to ensure our clients legal rights and freedom are protected, doing all that is necessary to secure the best possible results.
While the Internet has certainly made life easier in many ways, it has also made the distribution of child pornography easier as well. Prosecutors are highly aggressive in their efforts to prosecute offenders; although police and/or investigators may attempt to make those who are suspected of Internet pornography believe collecting evidence is a simple process, this is not always the case. Advanced technology makes both prosecuting and defending these or similar charges a bit more complex than average. In our efforts to provide you with a solid, effective defense, we will call on computer experts and other skilled resources when necessary. Our primary goal is to protect our clients from a conviction and the serious criminal penalties which result for those found guilty.Internet Child Pornography Defense Firm in LA
An individual may be charged with Internet pornography at the state or federal level. In addition, the language used in relation to what is considered obscene is often ambiguous; jurors often base their decision regarding whether an individual is innocent or guilty on ambiguous language. Our firm works vigorously to clear up those ambiguities; our focus is to have the charges against you dismissed when possible, or at the very least reduced so that the penalties you may face are less damaging.
Internet pornography is typically charged as a felony offense, however the charges you face depend on various factors including the age of underage children (minors) who may be depicted in the materials, how much pornographic material is recovered from a computer, and more. Contacting a capable and aggressive Los Angeles sex crimes attorney immediately is the first step toward obtaining good results.Penalties for Internet Pornography in California
Criminal penalties for Internet pornography vary widely, and depend on the specific details of your case. For example, possession of child pornography may leave the defendant facing fines of up to $2,500 and up to one year in county jail if charged as a misdemeanor. Felony charges could result in 16 months, two, or three years in state prison. Penalties may be enhanced for those with a prior conviction.
Under Prop 83, individuals who contact a minor or arrange a meeting with someone under 18 using the Internet in an effort to contact that individual for sexual purposes may face penalties which include jail/prison time and fines of up to $5,000. One of the most damaging penalties is the requirement to register as a sex offender. Those labeled sex offenders often face hardships for the rest of their lives in regards to employment, housing, and reputation.Contact The Justice Firm Today
At The Justice Firm, we understand how devastating it is to be accused of or charged with Internet pornography. Our Los Angeles criminal defense lawyers have the skill, experience, and dedicated approach essential for reaching positive results. Until proven guilty, you are innocent. We want to protect you from a conviction and harsh criminal penalties, and are ready to begin fighting for you today. Contact us now at 310-914-2444.