Child pornography-related criminal offenses are considered acts of child exploitation, and these cases are taken very seriously by the state of California. Being accused of possessing, producing or distributing child pornography can have a terrible impact on your life. Your employment, reputation and even your living situation could be affected by these charges even if a conviction isn’t made. If you would like to discuss your legal options with a child pornography defense lawyer, contact the attorneys at Okabe and Haushalter. We can help you become informed of your rights under the law.
Any materials—photos, videos, or digital media—that depict persons under the age of 18 engaged in sexual behavior are considered to be child pornography under Section 311 of the California Penal Code. Furthermore, even if the individual depicted is not engaged in actual sex acts, if the depiction is determined to be intended to lead to sexual gratification for the viewer, it could still be considered child pornography. The penalties for child pornography-related crimes vary depending on the specific offense.
There are different penalties that may be applied to child pornography-related crimes depending on the circumstances surrounding the alleged crime itself. However, under California Penal Code Section 290, all people who are convicted of a crime involving child exploitation are required to register as sex offenders. They also may face jail or prison sentences and fines of varying amounts as outlined under Section 311 of the state penal code.
Possession of child pornography is punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine of 2,500 dollars if convicted. However, fines may be increased and the period of incarceration may be extended if the party in possession has previously been convicted of a similar crime.
Being charged with distribution or intent to distribute child pornography can result in a felony conviction and imprisonment for up to six years if the distribution is determined to have been for the purposes of commercial gain. In these cases, the fines could be up to 100,000 dollars.
People who are repeat offenders or those who possess large volumes of child pornography face longer prison terms and larger fines if convicted again for the same charges or related charges.
If you need a child pornography defense lawyer in Long Beach, the attorneys at Okabe and Haushalter can help you. We are criminal law specialists, and we know the legal codes pertaining to child exploitation inside and out. We can put our legal know-how to work for you and can defend you against the charges you face in the court of law. Our defense tactics get results and have earned us a reputation for courtroom excellence. You deserve to have the best defense attorneys in L.A. by your side. Contact us today for a free consultation.