Have you been accused of the distribution of child pornography? This is an extremely serious sex offense which may result in penalties under state or federal law. If you are accused of interstate distribution, you can expect to face federal charges and therefore maximum penalties under federal sentencing guidelines. Regardless of whether you face state or federal court for your child pornography distribution charges, the consequences of a conviction will be life-altering.
Penalties For Distribution Of Child Pornography
This is why it is so important to work with a Los Angeles child pornography defense lawyer as soon as possible in the wake of any form of child pornography allegation. California law enforcement, prosecutors and judges are very harsh in dealing with defendants accused of any form of child pornography charge, and distribution is one of the most serious. Under California law, distribution is an automatic felony offense.
A first conviction for distributing child pornography may result in the following penalties:
- Imprisonment in state prison
- Up to 12 months in county jail
- Fine of up to $2,500
A second child pornography distribution offense in California will result in enhanced penalties, including:
- Up to 2, 4 or 6 years in state prison
Additional penalties may be imposed for quantity enhancements, a prepubescent enhancement or a penetration enhancement