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Child Pornography In California

In California, it is illegal to distribute and/or possess child pornography. An individual can be charged with possession of child pornography when they create or bring into the state an image or recording of a minor under the age of 18. Child pornography cannot be shared, sold or exhibited in California, and possessing these materials violates California Penal Code 311.

If you are charged with the possession or distribution of child pornography, you need a determined attorney to fight for you. Our lawyers at Law Offices of Severo, PLC, have experience fighting these charges in Los Angeles and Orange counties and throughout California.

The Spectrum Of Child Pornography Crimes

California has several categories of child pornography crimes, each carrying potentially severe consequences.

A possession charge occurs when you knowingly possessed child pornography and knew the material depicted a person under 18. A distribution charge requires proof that you distributed or offered to distribute child pornography to someone else, the material was in California and you knew the material depicted someone under 18.

Additional child pornography crimes in California include:

  • Sexually exploiting a child
  • Employing a minor to perform sex acts
  • Using a minor to engage in child pornography
  • Advertising child pornography

The mental state of these crimes is very important. A prosecutor must prove that a defendant knew that they possessed the material and that the material depicted a minor under the age of 18.

The Consequences Of A Conviction

Violations of CA Penal Code 311 can be charged as a felony or a misdemeanor, depending on the circumstances and facts of the crime. The penalties for child pornography crimes always depend on the specific offense, previous criminal history and the circumstances surrounding the event.

If you are convicted of a misdemeanor, you could serve up to one year in jail and pay a fine. If you are convicted of a felony, you could serve up to three years in prison and pay a fine of up to $10,000. A California child pornography conviction will result in registering as a sex offender as well.

At Law Offices of Severo, PLC, our team of attorneys has years of experience in criminal defense. If you have been charged with a child pornography crime, our lawyers can knowledgeably work with you to apply the proper defenses and protect your freedom.

Fighting Child Pornography Charges

Child pornography crimes are often charged very harshly in California. Our attorneys at Law Offices of Severo, PLC can help you build a defense against these charges. Don’t wait to get started on your case. Contact us now by calling 888-983-1217 or using our online contact form to learn more about your defense options.