Child pornography-related charges are all serious offenses under California state law. The prospect of facing prison time, hefty fines, and even registering as a sex offender can be intimidating for those accused of these offenses. However, just because you are charged with a criminal offense does not mean you forfeit your rights, and you have the right to retain legal counsel in court. If you need a child pornography lawyer, call Okabe and Haushalter to learn more about your legal rights as a defendant.
In California, child pornography and exploitation laws are covered under Section 311 of the California Penal Code. Child pornography is defined as any material depicting a minor under the age of 18 engaged in sexual behavior or engaged in behavior designed to sexually arouse the viewer, such as nudity. These materials could include photographs, video recordings, or digital data. Different parts of the law dictate different penalties for charges related to possession, distribution, advertisement, and production of these materials.
Possession of child pornography presumed to be for personal use is a felonious crime under California law. People convicted of possessing child pornography may face a fine of up to 2,500 dollars and a jail term of up to a year for a first offense, with subsequent offenses calling for larger fines and up to four years in state prison.
Trading or transporting child pornography within state lines could be penalized by up to a year in jail and a fine of up to 2,000 dollars if convicted. However, repeat offenders could face fines as high as 50,000 dollars. People determined to be distributing these materials for the purposes of commercial enterprise could be fined twice that amount, however, and could be incarcerated for as long as six years in a state penal institution.
Under California Penal Code Section 290, anyone convicted of an offense related to child pornography will face compulsory sex offender registration as part of their punishment. Registration allows the personal data of convicted sex offenders to be made available to law enforcement agencies, employers, and even neighbors under Megan’s Law. Although sex offender registration for these crimes lasts for a lifetime, in some circumstances a person may request that they are given “undisclosed” status on the registry, thus limiting the amount of personal data made available to the public. Contact Okabe and Haushalter to learn more about this option.
When you need a child pornography lawyer in Redondo Beach, the attorneys at Okabe and Haushalter can assist you with your case. We are experienced in criminal law and have a track record of proven results, including high-profile criminal cases. We will fight aggressively against your charges in court so we can get a satisfying outcome for your case. Our reputation is for providing our clients with nothing short of courtroom excellence, and we offer no-cost case evaluations. Contact us today to find out more about how we can help you.