Child Pornography

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In Pennsylvania, child pornography charges are taken extremely seriously. Prosecutors are often unwilling to negotiate, and the consequences of being found guilty are immense. Prison time, high fines, and sex-offender registration all can be included in your sentence, as well as various social, personal, and professional repercussions. If you are charged with a crime involving child pornography, you should seek defense from our experienced Harrisburg sex crime attorneys at Scaringi Law.

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Begin your defense today with the experienced representation that our team of Harrisburg sex crime lawyers offers. At Scaringi Law, we will provide aggressive defense for you with our shared knowledge and skill. We are committed to approaching each case with thorough preparation and a unique strategy to improve your chances of securing the best possible outcome.

Pennsylvania’s Legal Definition of Child Pornography

According to Pennsylvania law, child pornography can include the creation, possession, and distribution of material featuring minors for the purpose of sexual arousal. Materials can be considered child pornography if the subject is under 18 years of age and the material features nudity or sexual acts, whether real or simulated.

Any sort of material can be categorized as child pornography, such as:

  • Books
  • Magazines
  • Videotapes
  • Pamphlets
  • Slides
  • Photographs
  • Film
  • Computer depictions

Acts or behaviors that can constitute felony child pornography charges can include:

  • Photographing or recording a minor engaged in sexual acts or in the nude, when intended for sexual arousal.
  • Knowingly distributing child pornography or possessing it for distribution.
  • Possessing child pornography for personal use.

What are the Penalties for Child Pornography Charges?

Child pornography crimes are considered felonies. The consequences of these charges are steep and can impact you throughout your life. Repeat offenses can also increase the severity of your punishment, if you have previously been convicted of a child pornography crime. It is important to contact a skilled sex crime attorney if you have been charged with any crime involving child pornography.

Forms of child pornography crimes include:

  • Recording or creating child pornography: This is considered a second-degree felony. A conviction for this charge can result in up to 10 years in prison.
  • Distributing child pornography, or possessing child pornography to distribute: This offense is considered a third-degree felony in Pennsylvania. You may face up to 7 years in prison if convicted, on up to 10 years if this is a repeat offense.
  • Possessing child pornography without intent to distribute: This is also a third-degree felony, and can carry a 7-year prison sentence. If this is a subsequent offense, you can be sentenced for up to 10 years in prison.
  • Online child pornography: Internet service providers (ISPs) are required to disable sites reported for child pornography within 5 days of being notified. Failure to do so can result in fines up to $30,000 and 7 years of prison time.

All child pornography convictions will also require you to be registered with the sex-offender registry for 10 years. If you are registered as a sex-offender, you will be limited in where you can live or work. Registration as a sex-offender restricts your proximity to community features such as parks or schools. You may also be denied opportunities for employment, particularly if the job involves contact with minors.

Start Your Defense Today with Scaringi Law – (717) 775-7195

Don’t hesitate to contact our Harrisburg sex crime attorneys. Your freedom and reputation are on the line, and you deserve the high-caliber legal defense that our team can offer. Child pornography charges can be challenged, and our lawyers will work tirelessly to defeat your charges. We fight for you, and you can trust that we will approach your case with personalized attention, not a cookie-cutter solution. Our office even has extended hours to ensure that we are available to you when you need us.

Contact Scaringi Law today. Call our offices at (717) 775-7195 to request a consultation.

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