Anyone charged with possession of child pornography faces consequences including a felony conviction, state prison and lifetime registration as a sex offender. Even a misdemeanor conviction for possession of child pornography carries a requirement of lifetime sex offender registration.
Increasingly, child pornography laws are being used to punish the use of computer technology and the Internet to obtain material involving minors under the age of 18, incuding films and images. Courts have held that such material may be banned even if it is not legally obscene and does not involve nudity.
Child pornography is a crime that can be committed even without one’s knowledge! The mere presence of pornographic images on a computer, even if it was downloaded without your knowledge, can implicate you in these crimes.
If you are facing potential child pornography charges, it is critical that you use a skilled criminal defense attorney who will investigate and provide a vigorous legal defense for your case. For a free and confidential consultation in your case, please call Robbi A. Cook at (510) 208-5051.