If You Have Been Charged with Intent to Distribute Child Pornography in San Diego
While several forms of pornography are protected by free speech laws in San Diego and throughout the United States, there are still many statutes that make certain types of activities related to pornography illegal. Many of these laws center around child pornography, which is not protected under First Amendment rights. Possessing, creating, importing, distributing, or even the intent to distribute child pornography can place a defendant in serious legal trouble. Strict federal laws governing the visual representation of minors under 18 years old can mean that a conviction could result in up to 20 years in prison.
Intent Must Be Proven in Cases Involving the Dissemination of Child Pornography
Although possession of child pornography is a serious charge on its own, distribution carries with it harsher penalties. The best way to defend against a charge of intent to distribute child pornography is to prove that a defendant had no actual intent to do so. Computers are hacked, viruses can wreak havoc on systems, and a user may not even know that files have been either placed or taken on their computer. In some cases, especially with large batches of files, it is easy to mistakenly distribute illicit files with no intention of doing so. The same holds true for physical depictions of child pornography. A person may not even know they are in possession of child pornography when it is distributed along with other images. A lack of intent that can be proven is the most effective way to defend against a charge.
Get Immediate Representation if You Have Been Charged with a San Diego Child Pornography Crime
With any child pornography charge, you will be facing a difficult legal fight, and you will need to take immediate steps to mount the best possible defense for your situation.
The Law Office of Marc S. Kohnen is a recognized criminal defense firm that serves clients in San Diego and other nearby California communities such as Chula Vista, Eastlake, National City, Mission Valley, El Cajon, La Mesa, Julian, Ramona, Vista, and San Marcos. For a free initial consultation, contact his office at (619) 398-2500 or complete this contact form.
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