Sentencing for a child pornography offense may include incarceration for three years, and sex offender registration, among other things. As noted above, the penalties vary depending on the type of offense. Your criminal record may also impact your sentencing.
Possession of child pornography is probably the most common offense. It may be punished by county jail time, a $2,500 fine, and mandatory sex offender registration. However, the other offenses, such as advertising, distributing or selling child pornography have more severe punishments, such as a fine of up to $10,000, jail time, and mandatory registration as a sex offender. A new bill in California, SB 145, has been proposed. If it passes, the penalties for child pornography may be increased. For example, a defendant’s potential sentence under SB 145 would be seven years of incarceration. Also, judges may have more discretion in determining sentencing.
In federal court, a defendant convicted of possession will be sentenced to a mandatory minimum prison sentence of five years. A defendant convicted of distribution of child pornography faces ten years in prison. A skillful San Francisco criminal lawyer with particular knowledge of child pornography offenses, such as those at Dudek & Cintean, may be able to negotiate a reduction in penalties.
Whether you or a loved one are facing charges or being investigated for a child pornography offense, contact the knowledgeable San Francisco criminal lawyers at Dudek & Cintean, LLP for a vigorous defense in either state or federal court. Call us at (415) 946-4020 for a consultation or contact us online.
Call us at (415) 946-4020 for a consultation.
Alin Cintean, Attorney at Law and Richard Dudek, Attorney at Law
201 Spear St #1100
San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone: (415) 946-4020
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