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Child pornography crimes are taken very seriously by the state of California and the United States as a whole. Being accused of a crime related to child pornography can have a strong negative impact on your life. Fines and imprisonment, as well as required sex offender registration, are all potential penalties faced by people who are convicted of these crimes, not to mention the effects on your interpersonal relationships and reputation. When you are ready to take the first step toward taking your life back after being charged with one of these crimes, contact a child pornography lawyer in Manhattan Beach at Okabe and Haushalter to find out more about your legal options as a defendant.
Several statutes within California Penal Code Section 311 govern crimes related to child pornography. Although viewing such materials is not unlawful all by itself, transmitting and saving materials, producing materials, and advertising materials depicting minors engaged in sexual activity are all illegal.
Possession of child pornography requires a convicted party to register as a sex offender for life. The party may also face fines of up to 2,500 dollars and up to one year of incarceration in a local jail. These penalties could be made more severe for repeat offenders or for people who have a very large volume of child pornography in their possession.
Distributing child pornography for reasons unrelated to business purposes or commercial gain is still a crime, and the penalty for those convicted of distribution of these materials is up to a year in jail and a fine of up to 2,000 dollars. Again, penalties are harsher for prior offenders, and the fine for repeat offenses could be as high as 50,000 dollars for this offense.
Charges related to producing child pornography are among the most serious, and in many cases, these charges can be stacked with other sex crimes charges under California law. For example, someone who is accused of producing child pornography could be charged with exploitation of a child, lewd and lascivious acts with a minor, possession and distribution of child pornography as well as facing very harsh penalties if they are charged with distributing the materials for financial gain.
You have the right to legal defense in court if you are facing one of these or any other child pornography-related charges in the Los Angeles area. Speak with a child pornography lawyer in Manhattan Beach to learn more about your options under the law. The attorneys at Okabe and Haushalter are criminal defense experts who can take on your case and stand up for you in court. Our reputation for courtroom excellence is something we take pride in, and we want to extend our services to you. Case evaluations are available at no cost to you, so contact us today to find out how we can put our expertise to work for you.