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Aggressive Defense for People Facing Criminal Charges

Being charged with the production, possession, or distribution of any kind of illegal pornography can be traumatic. In fact, just an accusation of child pornography can destroy a person’s reputation and personal relationships. Criminal charges only exacerbate such an issue, and they can be very hard to defend against.

This can be a difficult subject to discuss, and many people are quick to make judgments and form opinions based on a rumor, regardless of actual evidence. That’s why you need a premiere legal defense team behind you. Contact a Los Angeles sex crime defense lawyer at Werksman Jackson & Quinn LLP at (213) 688-0460 to discuss what has happened in a free initial consultation.

What Is Child Pornography?

Under federal law, child pornography is defined as visual depictions of sexually explicit conduct involving a minor – someone under the age of 18 years old. This includes photographs, videos, and digital images, including those that have been created or modified to depict or appear to depict a minor. The age of consent in your state does not matter – any depiction of sexually explicit conduct involving someone under the age of 18 is illegal.

The definition of “sexually explicit” does not mean the minor must be engaged in actual sexual activity. Images of a naked minor can be considered child pornography if they are seen to be sexually suggestive. In some instances, sexually explicit illustrations of children, even though no actual children were involved, can be considered child pornography.

State and Federal Charges

The possession, production, and distribution of child pornography are all federal crimes, so they are often investigated and prosecuted at the federal level. This is especially true of any images that are accessed and downloaded over the Internet. Even if the website that was accessed is not in another state, or is in another country, federal jurisdiction applies.

However, you also face charges from the State of California when it comes to child pornography offenses – meaning you can be prosecuted at two levels. That is why it is so important to have a top criminal defense lawyer to represent you and make sure your rights are protected when you face any investigation involving child pornography.

If you accidentally come across child pornography on the Internet, it is important to report it immediately. You can report what you have found to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC), and they will forward your report to law enforcement. You may also want to contact federal, state, or local law enforcement in addition to the NCMEC. If you are worried that they may investigate you for making such a report, then contact an experienced attorney to advise you on how to proceed.

You Need an Aggressive Defense

Even though child pornography is specifically not protected under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, there are ways you can defend yourself. For example, demonstrating that someone else had access to your computer and used it to view or obtain the illegal material. You can also prove that you never viewed the material intentionally, and that a malicious program uploaded the images to your computer without your consent.

At Werksman Jackson & Quinn LLP, we have defended many Los Angeles residents against unfair prosecution. Call (213) 688-0460 to set up a free consultation and see what we can do for you.

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