The phrase “child pornography” is an overarching term in reference to the direct sexual exploitation of a child. This can be done through publishing images on the internet or by viewing these images as well. These images are not in anyway safeguarded by the First Amendment. A common mistake about child pornography is that even if the child appears to be complacent or not in any danger, there still remains the possibility of sexual abuse occurring. If the perpetrator claims to have not known that the victim was a minor, it is a common error to mistake that this fact could be used to defend the perpetrator, but this is not a valid defense. Due to the current rise in social media and other image-based applications, the taking and viewing of these images have sadly become easier and more accessible to those looking for them. Photos taken as pranks at parties can be classified as child pornography. We handle situations involving child pornography with great care due to the intensity of the issue and the emotions of both the accused and the victims involved. Anyone inside the image of the child can therefore become either a victim or face charges themselves. Just as the action of engaging in sexual relations with a child is a 2nd degree felony, simply promoting this action is also a 2nd degree felony. A first time offender found guilty of ferrying child pornography in in state or out of state faces large fines and a state minimum of 5 years to 20 years maximum in prison. A first time offender found guilty of producing any child pornography face heavy fines and a minimum of 15 years to 30 years maximum in prison. Offenders will face harsher sentences especially if the images are violent, the victim was sexually abused, or the perpetrator has been previously found guilty of sexual exploitation. In this case, a life sentence is possible and even likely. Also in many of these cases, the perpetrator will have to register as a sex offender.
Roger Futerman & Associates specializes in child pornography among many other criminal matters. Expert lawyer servicing the areas of Clearwater, Saint Petersburg and Tampa (Florida), they have a proven and extended experience on this kind of cases. They had handled more than 15,000 cases and have more than 20 years on the field representing clients dealing with these sort of issues, helping them as well as fighting their case. Contact us for a free consultation either via email or our phone number (727) 344-5511.