Los Angeles Possession of Child Pornography Attorney

Charges related to the possession of child pornography are taken very seriously by law enforcement officials and prosecutors in California. If you or somebody you care about are facing these charges, your first step needs to be to secure an attorney as soon as possible. At Okabe & Haushalter, our Los Angeles possession of child pornography defense attorneys are going to get to work on your case immediately. We understand how these changes can affect a person’s life, and our goal is to get them reduced were dismissed so you can regain normal footing and move forward.

What the law says about possession of child pornography in Los Angeles

Concerning the possession of child pornography, we turn to California Penal Code 311.1 and 311.2 PC. These two sections of the law make it a crime knowingly to send, transport, produce, possess, or duplicate in each other pornography.

Additionally, we can see that California Penal Code 311.11 PC makes it a crime to knowingly possess or control any pornography that was produced using a person under the age of 18.

Penalties for child pornography possession in Los Angeles

Most child pornography charges in California are going to be considered “wobbler” offenses, which means they can be charged as either misdemeanors or felonies. In some cases, a person will face felony charges, to begin with.

  • Misdemeanor child pornography charges: This charge is going to carry a maximum of one year in county jail as well as a fine of up to $2,000.
  • Felony child pornography charges: This charge could result in a state prison sentence ranging from 16 months to eight years. Fines for a felony child pornography conviction could reach up to $100,000.

In many cases, a child pornography conviction will result in a mandatory requirement for a person to register as a sex offender in California. Registered sex offenders will face significant restrictions about where they can live, work, and go to school. Registered sex offenders will also have various information about them made public, including their address, photograph, where they work, what charges they were convicted of, and more.

Defenses to child pornography charges in Los Angeles

There are various defenses that could be employed on behalf of somebody charged with possession of child pornography. In order to secure a conviction, prosecutors will have to prove that a person accused knowingly broke the law. It could be possible that a person charged with this crime:

  • Mistyped a search term
  • Thought they were looking at pornographic images of people who were over the age of 18
  • Downloaded malicious files that placed child pornography on their computer
  • Clicked the wrong link

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If you or somebody you love is facing charges related to the possession of child pornography in Los Angeles, contact the team at Okabe & Haushalter as soon as possible. We will not hesitate to provide a vigorous defense on your behalf when we take you as a client. Our Los Angeles possession of child pornography attorneys understand how these changes can affect a person’s life, and we believe that everybody deserves a vigorous defense in court. You can contact us for a free consultation of your case today by clicking here or calling 310-430-7799.