Child Pornography is defined as the visual depiction by film, picture, computer image, or other means of an identifiable minor engaged in sexually explicit or lewd acts. This includes non-pornographic that were digitally altered as well as images of adults who were under the age of 18 at the time the image was created.
Child pornography laws prohibit producing, distributing, selling, or merely possessing such images. With the advancement of the internet and digital cameras, criminal lawyers have seen a significant increase in child pornography offenses. When the internet is involved, child porn cases can be charged as a federal offense which can result in federal prosecution and harsh sentencing for imprisonment, including lifetime sex offender registration. This is no time for inexperienced legal representation.
Possession of pornographic images might seem like a minor offense, yet it is very seriously and must be defended aggressively. If you or anyone you know has been charged with child pornography contact the Offices of Seth Chazin immediately: 1-800-499-9902
California child pornography law is defined under Penal Code section 311 as material that depicts minors engaged in or simulating sexual conduct.
Sexual conduct includes any of the following:
• Oral sex, intercourse, anal sex, lewd and lascivious acts, or any excretory functions performed in a lewd and lascivious manner between people (regardless of gender)
• Any penetration of the vagina or rectum by any object
• Sadomasochistic abuse
• Exhibition of the genitals, pubic or anal area
•The offenses that you can be prosecuted for under child pornography include:
• Distributing Child Pornography -Penal Code 311.1 (a) and 311.2 (b)
• Possessing Child Porn-Penal Code 311.11
• Employing minors to participate in or help produce child pornography – Penal Code 311.4 • Developing, Duplicating, Printing, or Exchanging Child Pornography- Penal Code 311.3
• Advertising Child Pornography- Penal Code 311.10
What happens if I'm charged with Child Pornography?
Child pornography offenses carry heavy penalties, and whether the charges are state or federal, it is very likely that the prosecution will convict individuals charged with a crime related to child porn, such as the possession of images of sexual conduct by minors). Both your reputation and career can be permanently destroyed, and your relationships with family and friends can disintegrate. In a matter of hours, your reputation can result in going from a well-respected member of the community to a social outcast.
The U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) devote a lot of time to child pornography cases and investigations. The Department of Justice works with 93 offices of the U.S. Attorney and other agencies that help track down child pornography offenders.
Defense for Child Pornography
In child pornography cases there are no acceptable plea agreements for most cases. You must use legal defense with experience in the field of criminal law. Seth P. Chazin is a certified Criminal Law Specialist by the California State Board of Legal Specialization. With 25 years of experience, he can handle every aspect of child pornography charges, from putting out media fires to providing aggressive courtroom defense.
Seth P. Chazin represents clients facing the devastation wrought by child pornography accusations. Contact his San Francisco Bay Area law office at: 415-222-6188 to schedule a free, confidential consultation. Telephones are answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Questioning the Accusations
Have you been charged with the possession, receiving or distribution of child pornography, on-line solicitation of a minor, or another Internet sex crime? Attorney Chazin has the knowledge and skill needed to produce results. In fact, he co-authored a book titled Evidence Discovery in Internet Child Pornography Cases, which discusses how to manage evidence in these cases.
If you become aware of a pending investigation, Mr. Chazin may be able to stop formal charges from being filed. If you have been formally charged with possession of child pornography, he will launch a comprehensive investigation into the facts of your case. Mr. Chazin will find answers to the important questions:
• Are the images actually pornography under the legal definition?
• Where on your computer were the images located?
• Do several people share the computer or did others have access to your computer?
• Did you download images?• Did law enforcement follow appropriate procedures?
• Did you unintentionally receive the images through a mass e-mail or accidental visit to a website?
• Is your wireless connection subject to hacking?
In some child pornography cases, a conviction is inevitable. Whether Seth P. Chazin represented you in your original case or whether another lawyer handled it, he is fully prepared to assist with all forms of post-conviction relief. This includes handling appeals, expungements or certificates of rehabilitation to clear your record and your name. In some cases, he can also work to terminate your obligation to register as a sex offender.
Contact San Francisco Bay Area Child Porn Defense Attorney Seth P. Chazin
If you have been charged with possession of child pornography or another lewd and lascivious act, contact The Law Offices of Seth P. Chazin to discuss your case by calling 1-800-242-1514.