A conviction for possession of child pornography can have a severe impact on your life and carry heavy consequences. Depending on the circumstances of your crime, the prosecutor can charge you with either a misdemeanor or a felony for possession of child pornography. However, child porn charges are taken very seriously and heavily prosecuted in the state of California, which means it is likely that you will be charged with a felony if you are found to be in possession of child pornography.
Penalties for Child Pornography Crimes in California (PC 311)
If you are convicted of a misdemeanor for child pornography possession under California Penal Code Section 311, you can be sentenced up to one year in county jail and fined up to $2,500. If you are convicted of a felony for child pornography possession, you could be sentenced to imprisonment in state prison from 16 months to up to eight years, and you can also be fined up to $100,000. The court may also look to your criminal history and may impose an even harsher punishment if you have prior sex crime convictions on your record.
In addition to the possibility of jail time and expensive fines, you will be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of your life under California Penal Code Section 290. This obligation to register as a sex offender will last for the rest of your life. If you fail to register as a sex offender, you could be charged with a separate crime.
If you are a registered sex offender, information about your child pornography conviction along with your personal information and photo will be posted on a public website that is maintained by the Department of Justice. Anyone will be able to find your information and information regarding your conviction on this website.
That is why you need an experienced child pornography attorney if you are facing charges under California Penal Code 311. You need an attorney who has experience successfully defending people accused of child pornography crimes. A skilled and knowledgeable attorney can mean the difference between spending years in prison and your freedom.
Call an Experienced Child Pornography Attorney Today
If you or a loved one has been charged with a child pornography crime in California, you need to contact an experienced Wallin & Klarich criminal defense attorney immediately. Our skilled child pornography attorneys at Wallin & Klarich have been successfully defending our clients facing both state and federal child porn charges for over 30 years. We will meet with you immediately to review the facts of your case and plan a defense strategy that will help you get the very best outcome possible. We’ve helped thousands of people in their time of legal need, and we can help you now.
With offices located in Los Angeles, Sherman Oaks, Torrance, Orange County, San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, West Covina and Victorville, there is an experienced Wallin & Klarich criminal defense attorney available to help you no matter where you work or live.
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