Child pornography laws are vast in the state of California, where many people every year are charged with the crime. However, there are also many crimes that fall under the category of “child pornography.” As a result, it is important to understand these laws from all aspects. In California, child pornography refers to any matter or material that shows sexual conduct by a person who is under 18 years old. This means that, if an 18-year-old is pretending to look younger, it would not be considered as child pornography.
Different Types of Charges
As mentioned, child pornography encompasses many different, individual crimes. Here are some of the possible crimes you may find in California and what they mean:
Distributing or Producing Child Porn: The prosecution must be able to show that you sent or brought pornographic material to California or possessed it, and that you had the intent to distribute or exchange the material.
Sexual Exploitation of a Child: You could be found guilty if you knew that somebody engaged in a sexual act was under 18 and you duplicated or printed the material to others.
Hiring or Recruiting Minor for Child Pornography: If you hired or recruited a child to participate in pornographic work and you knew they were under 18, you can be charged with this crime.
Advertising Child Pornography: It must be proven that you advertised or promoted child pornography sale and that you knew the person was under 18.
Possessing Child Pornographic Material: To be convicted, you must have possessed pornographic material of a child under 18 years old.
About Your Case
Depending on whether it was a misdemeanor or a felony, you could see time in county jail and prison of a few months to a few years. You should also expect huge fines ranging anywhere from $1,000 to $50,000 depending on the severity of your crime! There are some defenses you can use in your case, such as entrapment, lack of a mental state required for the crime, illegal search and seizure, and being falsely accused. If you have been charged with a child pornography crime, you know the charges will be serious. Because of this, you should give us a call to find out more about your case. We are waiting to hear from you.