California treats crimes involving child pornography very seriously. If you are accused of possessing child pornography under California Penal Code Section 311, you face years in jail and expensive fines. A conviction for this crime will hang over your head for your entire life, making it difficult to find and maintain a job, find adequate housing and go near schools and parks. That is why it is important that you speak to an experienced child pornography attorney immediately if you are accused of child pornography possession.
Prosecution of Child Pornography Possession (PC 311.11)
California Penal Code 311 generally prohibits the knowing distribution, possession, production, publication, duplication, sale or printing of child pornography in any form. To convict you of possession of child pornography under PC 311.11, the prosecution must prove the following two elements:
- You knowingly possessed the alleged child pornography and
- The material involves a person under the age of 18 engaging in sexual conduct or simulating sexual conduct
Punishment for Child Pornography Possession Conviction
Most convictions for child pornography offenses under California law are charged as felonies, and they have severe potential consequences. Under PC 311.11, possession of child pornography is a felony punishable by imprisonment in county jail for 16 months, two or three years, and a maximum fine of $2,500.
In addition to the jail time you face if you are convicted of possession of child pornography, your reputation is also at risk since you must register as a sex offender. Under PC 290, a sex offender must register with local law enforcement agencies (police or sheriff) where he lives and works within five working days of coming into the city or county. This registration may damage your reputation as many employers check your background for sex offender registration status. Your neighbors may also become aware of your status.
If you are convicted of child pornography possession in California, you will be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of your life.
How Our Child Porn Attorneys Can Help
Wallin & Klarich is one of the few law firms in Southern California that has decades worth of experience successfully handling criminal cases involving child pornography. Due to our wealth of experience, we have become well-acquainted with child pornography laws and our skilled attorneys know all possible defenses to these charges. Our successful record includes many cases in which the charges against our clients have been dismissed or substantially reduced.
The moment you retain a Wallin & Klarich child pornography criminal defense attorney, we will promptly review all of the information and discovery related to your case. We do extensive fact-gathering about the alleged child pornography possession. We obtain a complete statement from you telling us everything you know about the circumstances surrounding the child pornography accusation you face.
Our substantial fact-gathering allows us to tailor the most effective defense strategy for your case and help keep you out of jail. We will keep you informed of all important developments related to your defense, so that you remain an active participant in your case.
Call a Child Pornography Attorney at Wallin & Klarich
If you are facing charges involving child pornography, your entire life is at stake. You need to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately. At Wallin & Klarich, our skilled criminal lawyers have been successfully defending our clients facing child pornography charges for over 30 years. We’ve helped thousands of clients in their time of legal need, and we can help you fight child porn charges today.
With offices 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.
Call us today at (888) 280-6839 for a free telephone consultation. We will get through this together.