If you have been arrested for or charged with child pornography, you cannot afford to go without legal representation. The potential consequences associated with a child pornography conviction could be incredibly life-changing. Our Los Angeles child pornography defense lawyers are committed to fighting your charges, clearing your name, and helping you move forward with your life once and for all.
Child pornography is a serious criminal offense that can be charged in either Federal or State court. This sex crime is punishable by prison or county jail, fines and sex offender registration. A Los Angeles child porn defense lawyer at Okabe & Haushalter can help you avoid these penalties by offering you legal guidance and representation regarding your charges.
Media attention and the support of political groups and the community at large have contributed to the harsh consequences of any sex crime charge in California. If you are accused of child pornography, you will need a lawyer on your side that can aggressively defend your rights even in the face of the social stigma associated with this crime. At our firm, we are experienced lawyers who are committed to helping clients who have been accused of or arrested for possession, production, sale or distribution of child pornography. We handle cases throughout Los Angeles and the South Bay.
Only an attorney can help you avoid the harsh penalties associated with a child pornography charge in California. Attempting to represent yourself, or working with a Federal or State-appointed attorney can have devastating results. You need an attorney on your side who has the time and the resources to help you – not to mention the experience and knowledge of Federal and California law as it relates to these charges. At our firm, this is exactly the type of attorney you will work with.
Under Federal and California law, it is illegal to create, sell or possess any type of material (video, pictures, etc.) of a child under the age of 18 in a sexual manner or performing any type of sexual activity. Simply possessing or downloading a picture or video of a person under 18 engaged in sexually exploitative behavior constitutes this charge. Child pornography may be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony, with multiple offenses resulting in additional penalties.
You will be charged in accordance with the amount of child pornography found in your possession, including individual pieces as well as copies. Your penalties will increase in regard to the number of images or videos found on your computer and the age of the children. You may face fines of up to $100,000 or more, and even a lifetime in prison, depending upon the amount found in your possession and whether you are charged with the distribution or sale of child pornography.
When working to understand how to best handle Los Angeles child pornography charges, it is crucial to understand that you absolutely need an attorney to help you through this. Building a solid defense around these charges can be incredibly difficult, particularly when law enforcement officials and prosecutors use so many resources against those accused of these crimes. The lifelong penalties for a child pornography conviction are far too consequential to try to handle on your own without legal assistance.
The following are some of the most common legal defenses against child pornography that you or your attorney may choose to employ, depending on the details related to your specific case:
You need to be aware that because child pornography possession often involves the Internet, you could face both state and federal child pornography charges. Often, these cases are discovered through various federal tip lines and passed on to local law enforcement authorities. However, for serious cases of the possession, creation, or distribution of child pornography, federal authorities may lead the case.
Additionally, individuals could face charges at both the state and federal levels for the same child pornography material. It is crucial that you have an attorney by your side who can handle charges that come from the state level as well as any federal charges that come down the pipeline.
Given our familiarity and experience with complex child pornography cases, in particular, our firm is an excellent choice for your criminal defense representation. When you work with a defense lawyer at our firm, you can rely upon our skilled legal counsel as we guide you through this difficult time. With the extensive resources and expertise of a large firm but the personalized attention and one-on-one service that only a private attorney can provide, we have built a track record of outstanding case results in defending the people of Los Angeles against child pornography allegations.
When you enlist our team, you can be confident that you will receive nothing less than exceptional representation. We understand that this is an overwhelming time for you and your loved ones, which is why we are dedicated to providing the seasoned legal counsel and aggressive advocacy needed to effectively challenge your charges. Our firm will assess all evidence brought against you to determine if your rights were violated in any way, and we will always pursue your best interests. No matter the circumstances, you can be confident that we will relentlessly fight for you.
Call our Los Angeles child porn attorneys at Okabe & Haushalter to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case!
We proudly serve individuals charged with child pornography crimes throughout Southern California, including Los Angeles County, Orange County, Ventura County, San Bernardino, Riverside, and San Diego.