Child pornography is defined as any visual depiction of a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct. In the case of internet pornography, visual depictions include such materials as videos or images. Sexually explicit conduct can be further specified as sexual intercourse, oral sex, masturbation, anal sex, bestiality and abuse. Both California and United States law offers very harsh penalties for the sale of child pornography, and consulting the advice of an accomplished Los Angeles child porn defense lawyer should be the highest priority of anyone who has been charged with such a crime.
Although penalties for other child pornography crimes such as possession are strict, California has a special focus on the production and distribution arms of child pornography, aiming instead to eliminate the source rather than simply punishing those who are in possession. If you have been accused of selling child pornography, it is vital that you get started right now on a plan of action by meeting with an attorney. The penalties for a conviction include prison time as long as 8 years and fines that could reach $100,000. Considering such dire consequences, coupled with the requirement for you to register as a sex offender and have your profile appear on lists anywhere you live, you can see how important it is to do everything possible to prove your innocence.
Okabe & Haushalter understand the many potential complexities that encompass child pornography cases and have a deep knowledge of both federal and state crimes related to the sale of child pornography. Our firm is dedicated to providing the highest possible level of research and organization that is required to bring a compelling defense to light in court, and may be able to achieve minimized sentences, and even not guilty verdicts in some cases.
Contact Okabe & Haushalter if you have been accused of or charged with the sale of child pornography in Los Angeles, CA.