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Fresno Child Pornography Defense Attorneys

Protecting the Rights & Freedom of Clients in Fresno & Visalia, CA

California has harsh laws against the possession, distribution, transportation, production, and advertisement of child pornography. A conviction can lead to a long jail or prison sentence, costly fines, and registration as a sexual offender, possibly for the rest of your life. Even being merely accused of a child pornography offense can make you appear guilty to the public and media before you are charged for the crime. That is why you need to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney to fight for you.

At Sawl Law Group, we understand how serious child pornography allegations can be and how to develop an effective and personalized legal defense to help you avoid serious criminal penalties. With more than three decades of combined legal experience, our Fresno child pornography defense lawyers can investigate your case, find supporting evidence, negotiate with the prosecution, and help you get the best possible outcome in court.

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California Child Pornography Laws

In California, child pornography is defined as material showing a minor child (a person under 18 years of age) participate in or perform a sexual act. If a person pretends to be underage, that isn’t enough to charge someone for child pornography. Furthermore, if the persons involved are lawfully married or emancipated, even if one of the participants is 17 years of age, it is not considered child pornography.

Most child pornography crimes are either felonies or wobblers, which mean the offense can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony. It is important to understand that a conviction will also result in registration as a sex offender.

The following are the most common types of child pornography offenses in California:

  • Possession of child pornography – Either a misdemeanor that carries a maximum jail term of one year and a fine no more than $2,500 or a felony, punishable by a prison sentence of up to six years and a maximum fine of $10,000.

  • Distribution, production, or transportation of child pornography – Either a misdemeanor that carries a maximum jail term of one year and a fine of up to $2,000 or a felony, punishable by a prison sentence of up to six years and a maximum fine of $100,000.

  • Sexual exploitation of a child – Either a misdemeanor that carries a maximum jail term of one year and a fine of up to $2,000 or a felony, punishable by imprisonment for up to three years and a maximum fine of $10,000.

  • Hiring or recruiting a minor of child pornography – Either a misdemeanor that carries a maximum jail term of one year and a fine of up to $2,000 or a felony, punishable, by imprisonment for up to eight years and a maximum fine of $10,000.

However, if child pornographic material was distributed or transferred from California to another, or vice versa, then this could lead to federal charges. A conviction in federal court can lead to a minimum federal prison sentence of five years and a maximum sentence of 30 years.

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Just because you have been accused doesn’t mean that you are automatically guilty. You still have an opportunity to defend yourself with the help of our Fresno sex crime defense team. We are ready to help you clear your name immediately.

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