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West Palm Beach Child Pornography Attorney

Child Porn Charges Are Very Serious. We Can Help.

A child pornography charge puts you in a difficult position from the start. Some people will immediately presume you are guilty due to the stigma associated with sex crimes. Defendants charged with child pornography offenses in Florida need more than just procedural representation - they need the assistance of experienced legal counsel who can work towards alleviating the potentially unfair treatment by law enforcement, prosecutors, and the community. That's why you need the help of our skilled West Palm Beach sex crime lawyers at Perlet, Shiner, Melchiorre & Walsh, P.A. by your side to help fight these serious charges. We have former sex crimes prosecutors who are highly experienced in their area.

To request a free initial consultation, call (561) 721-0552.

What Are the Penalties for Child Pornography?

Child pornography charges carry harsh punishments that have actually increased in recent years. Congress has created longer sentences for child pornography crimes and has also required the U.S. Sentencing Commission to use stricter sentencing guidelines for these offenses. In fact, in the last 15 years, child pornography sentences have increased by 500%.

Images of child pornography are not protected under the First Amendment, and are considered illegal contraband under federal law. The statutory definition of child pornography in Florida includes any image that shows individuals under the age of 18 engaging in sexual acts. The specific term used in state statutes is "sexual conduct," which implies acts ranging from nudity to intercourse, and from masturbation to sexual battery or punishment.

Child pornography can include:

  • Photographs
  • Videos
  • Digital or computer-generated images
  • Undeveloped film
  • Undeveloped videotape
  • Electronically stored data

Statutes 827.071, 847.0135 and 847.0138 make it illegal for anyone to view, possess, transmit or produce any type of graphic content that depicts child pornography as defined by Florida state laws.

Although child pornography in the 21st century often is associated with the internet, Florida statutes extend to offline situations and even live exhibitions. Possession of photos or digital images depicting child pornography is illegal, and charges most likely will be filed even if the accused claims he or she didn't know that the photos were of minors. Your West Palm Beach sex crime attorney should tell you that ignorance is not a valid defense against child pornography possession charges in Florida.

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