Federal Child Pornography Defense Lawyers
Have you been charged with a federal sex crime?
If any person is found possessing, producing, selling or distributing any material depicting a child under 18 years of age in a sexual manner, they may be charged with child pornography under 18 U.S.C. § 2252.
Child pornography is considered to be a problem on a national level, as it affects the whole country and not just individual states. There are many reasons why a person can end up facing federal child pornography charges in Los Angeles, but one thing is for sure: federal prosecutors and judges have no interest in presuming your innocence.
Because of personal biases and opinions about the nature of child pornography charges, your federal criminal defense attorney will have to work hard to prove that you did not commit the federal sex crime you have been charged with.
Child pornography is considered a serious federal offense that victimizes vulnerable children. If convicted, the legal penalties will be severe. Child pornography laws are some of the most harsh in the federal court system and covered under 18 U.S.C. § 2252. If you have been accused of a crime related to child pornography, you will need to retain an experienced federal criminal defense attorney right away.
Federal Child Pornography Laws
As stated above, Title 18 of the United States Code, Section 2252 makes it a crime to willfully possess, create, distribute, or transport child pornography. This code section provides for severe criminal penalties.
The subsections U.S.C. 2252 define categories of conduct covered by the law. For example, it's a crime to knowingly transport child pornography by using interstate commerce – by computer or mail – visual depiction of a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct.
This subsection covers both the receipt and the distribution of child pornography images. This could include downloading child pornography from a website, or sharing child porn images with other internet users through a file sharing service.
Under 18 U.S.C. § 2252 not only defines sale, or possession with intent to sell child pornography images, it also makes it a crime to just possess child pornography. Again, the jurisdictional requirements are present to make sure it's a federal crime, not one will fall under state laws. Transportation of minors is defined under Title 18 U.S. Code 2423.
Related Federal Offenses
18 U.S.C. § 1461 – Mailing obscene or crime inciting matter
18 U.S.C. § 1462 – Importation or transportation of obscene matters
18 U.S.C. § 1465 – Transportation of obscene matters for sale or distribution
18 U.S.C. § 1466 – Engaging in the business of selling or transferring obscene matter
18 U.S.C. § 1470 – Transfer of obscene material to minors
18 U.S.C. § 2242 – Sexual abuse
18 U.S.C. § 2251 – Sexual exploitation of children
18 U.S.C. § 2251A – Selling and buying of children
18 U.S.C. § 2252 – Certain activities involving sexual exploitation of minors
18 U.S.C. § 2252A – Certain activities relating to material containing child pornography
18 U.S.C. § 2260 – Production of sexually explicit depictions of a minor to Import into United States
18 U.S.C. § 2260A – Penalties for registered sex offenders
At Eisner Gorin LLP, we are well-versed in federal child pornography laws and will ensure your rights are protected throughout the entire legal process. In basic terms, child pornography is any visual imagery that depicts children under 18 years old in sexual situations for the purpose of sexual stimulation.
A child pornography conviction could result in prison time, large fines, probation, and mandatory sex offender registration. If there were multiple materials depicting child pornography, you could be charged separately for each one, and your sentence will increase with each subsequent charge.
Keep in mind, if you are convicted, you may be required to become a registered sex offender as part of your sentence. Sex offender status is an undesirable label in today's society, and many sex offenders are seen as outcasts and treated unfairly because of the stigma attached to this title.
Contact a Federal Criminal Defense Lawyer
At Eisner Gorin LLP, we have decades of experience handling cases involving federal offenses. Because of the complexity of federal laws and court systems, you need a lawyer who is familiar with federal law. There are several important steps a federal criminal defense attorney can take to advocate for a sentence that will recognize critical mitigating factors in our client's life in an attempt to avoid a jail sentence. Do not put your future on the line with an attorney who is not experienced with handling child pornography charges.
Contact our Los Angeles child pornography attorney at 877-781-1570 who will address your charges in a way that will positively resolve your case.