Los Angeles Possession of Child Porn Lawyers
Child Pornography Defense Attorneys in Los Angeles, CA
Under California state law, it is illegal to possess any visual depiction
of a minor (child under 18) engaged in a sexual activity. Possession of
child pornography is a serious criminal charge that may result in imprisonment
in county jail or state prison, heavy fines, probation, counseling, and
sex offender registration.
At times, the basic nature of
child pornography will cause a judge and jury to be prejudiced against a defendant –
even before the jury hears all the facts of the case. Because a child
is the alleged victim in these cases, the jury is likely to want to hear
what the prosecuting attorney has to say and may be less amenable to the
defense attorney's side of the story. It takes a criminal defense
lawyer who has the experience and expertise with child pornography cases
in particular to break through this barrier and effectively represent
a defendant accused of the possession of child pornography.
What are the penalties for child porn possession?
Conviction for the possession of child pornography can involve a variety
of penalties, depending on the specific offense committed, your criminal
history, and whether you were charged with a misdemeanor or felony crime.
A typical sentence may include:
- Fines up to $2,500
- Incarceration in a county jail for up to 1 year or incarceration in a state
prison for 16 months to 3 years
sex offender registration
Additional penalties may be imposed if on the basis of
enhancements, such as a
large quantity of child pornography in the defendant's possession. Although all of these penalties can
have devastating effects upon your life and reputation, perhaps most damaging
is lifelong registration as a sex offender. Inclusion in California's
sex offender registry can impact your ability to gain employment, loans,
housing, and hurt your relationships.
Under Megan's Law, your personal information and perhaps even your
address will be made public, and anyone with access to the internet can
find out what offense you were convicted of. If you were arrested for
child pornography possession, you need to ensure your rights are protected
and you receive powerful advocacy for your trial; you cannot trust your
case to a weak or disinterested public defender.
Retain Powerful Legal Defense for Your Case
Child pornography possession cases are often complex because they are technical
in nature, due to the fact that the majority involve the internet or computers.
It takes experts in the field to determine whether someone could have
hacked into your computer and planted images or video there, only to result
in your being charged. At Okabe & Haushalter, our criminal defense
attorneys are experienced with child pornography defense. You can count
on our legal knowledge of this area of law and our extensive resources
in investigating your charges and presenting your case in court.
Accused of the possession of child pornography in the LA area? You need
a skilled defense lawyer on your side as soon as possible, which is why
contact our firm to effectively challenge your charges.