Child pornography charges are serious, and a conviction could mean years in prison along with lifelong registration as a sex offender. This could have a major impact on your ability to get or maintain employment and even strictly limit your housing options, even after your sentence is over. If you have been charged with possession or distribution of child pornography, you need the Beverly Hills child pornography defense lawyers at Okabe & Haushalter.
What qualifies as child pornography?
Child pornography is defined by the law as a form of exploitation involving sexually explicit images of a person under the age of legal majority (age 18 in the United States). These images may involve photographs, videos, or digital depictions of minors engaged in sex acts. Any sexually suggestive image of a person under the age of 18 could be termed “child pornography,” regardless of whether that person is 7 or 17 years old. California Penal Code Section 311 defines possession or distribution of child pornography as a crime under its obscenity laws, but federal laws also apply in child pornography cases.
Both possessing and distributing child pornography could result in jail time and fines. People who were previously convicted of possessing or selling and trading child pornography may face steep fines and several years in prison, as well as being required to register as sex offenders. Fines may range from $2,000 to $50,000, and sentences could be up to six years in a state penitentiary for repeat convictions. Incarceration and fines are not the only ways society punishes people convicted of sex crimes, though.
The punishment beyond the penal system
Even after someone who has been convicted of possessing or distributing child pornography has finished doing their time, the conviction manages to haunt them in other ways. They may find that even after completing therapy and starting a new life, they face hurdles related to the crime they were charged with. Sex offender registration is usually a lifelong sentence of its own, and the stigma attached to being forced to inform your neighbors that you were convicted of a sex crime each time you move can have devastating social consequences. That’s why people who are facing child pornography charges need a legal team that will fight for their rights and strive to provide the best possible defense in a court of law.
Why choose Okabe & Haushalter?
The experienced attorneys at Okabe & Haushalter know how to mount an aggressive defense against the charges their clients are up against. They use tried and tested strategies to defend their clients against criminal charges. The Beverly Hills child pornography defense lawyers at Okabe & Haushalter can help you make sure your voice is heard in the courtroom and can help you get your charges or sentence reduced. Call today for a free evaluation and see for yourself why courtroom excellence is the defining quality of the attorneys at Okabe & Haushalter.
The Los Angeles criminal defense attorneys at Okabe & Haushalter are ready to fight to tooth and nail for you. You have most likely heard of our firm from our television appearances, newspaper articles and other media from the national and international covered cases we have handled.