Los Angeles Federal Child Pornography Attorney

Charges related to child pornography are typically taken very seriously by California officials. However, federal authorities often become involved in these cases. Because of the prevalence of the use of the internet with these suspected offenses, federal agencies, including the FBI, often assist with or take over the investigation. If you or somebody you care about are facing federal child pornography charges, contact the team at Okabe & Haushalter immediately. Our Los Angeles child pornography attorneys are ready to get to work investigating your case so we can formulate a solid defense on your behalf.

Federal charges are different from state charges concerning child pornography

To be clear, both state and federal law cover child pornography offenses. However, the two criminal justice systems operate quite differently. In some cases, a person will face both California and federal child pornography charges. Other times, the accused may only face federal child pornography charges. At Okabe & Haushalter, our federal child pornography defense attorneys are equipped to handle both state and federal offenses.

When we turn to 18 USC § 2256, we can see that any type of visual material that shows a minor engaged in sexual conduct is susceptible to being labeled as child pornography. These charges will typically land in federal court if any of the following applies:

  • The images are shared over the internet
  • The individual is investigated and/or arrested by a federal agency
  • The crime takes place on any federal property
  • The production, sale, or distribution of child pornography takes place across state lines
  • Officials determined that the crime should be handled in federal court, usually due to the prior record of the defendant or the sheer amount of material

Penalties for federal child pornography charges

The sentencing guidelines for federal pornography charges at the federal level are very harsh. Federal sentencing guidelines can be very difficult to interpret, but child pornography charges often include a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in federal prison, but often result in much longer sentences. For federal offenses, those convicted are required to serve the majority of their time with little opportunity for early release. This is quite different than state child pornography charges, which can be charged as either felonies or misdemeanors and see minimums of one year in jail.

Additionally, a person could face additional federal prison time if any of the following were involved in the crime:

  • Children under the age of 12
  • Material displayed sadistic conduct
  • Material displayed sexual abuse
  • Material was sold for financial gain
  • Material sold to a minor

Additionally, anyone convicted of a federal child pornography crime will be required to register as a sex offender for life. This will place significant limitations on where a person can live, work, or attend school. Various information about a convicted sex offender is made available to the public, including their name, address, where they work, photograph, nature of conviction, and more.

Contact our team for a free consultation of your case

If you or somebody you care about is facing federal charges related to child pornography, you need to speak to an attorney as soon as possible. At Okabe & Haushalter, our knowledgeable and experienced team understands that federal charges are going to differ from state charges related to child pornography. We are fully capable of investigating every aspect of your case and providing a vigorous defense on your behalf in federal court. When you needed a Los Angeles federal child pornography attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation of your case today by clicking here or calling 310-430-7799.