Consequences of a Child Pornography Criminal Conviction

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In a child pornography criminal case, the potential consequences often fall from the actual criminal penalties imposed on a convicted individual. However, from a legal perspective, it is also notable that the applicable criminal penalties in a given case will widely vary based on the jurisdiction where a case occurs. Federal laws concerning child pornography, as well as the varied state laws on child pornography, will present vastly different penalties. Furthermore, simple possession of a pornographic image of a child may also involve multiple charges, such as the case involving possession of more than one image, illegal transfer of pornographic material, and other state-specific charges relevant to a given case.

Criminal Consequences of Child Pornography Criminal Conviction

In almost all cases of child pornography possession conviction, an offender will face a felony conviction, which will almost invariably carry a penalty of more than one (1) year of incarceration. In addition, fair amounts of fines and courts costs are to be expected following a conviction, as well. However, once these two items are addressed (incarceration and fines), an offender undoubtedly faces a prolonged probation or parole period, which will entail more costs, restricted movement, mandatory meetings, and other conditions of the release. Especially in cases involving sex offenses, an offender will most likely be forced to register as a sex offender, and in turn, their ability to live and work are highly restricted both by law, the conditions of their release, and most notably, the concerns of potential employers or landlords.

Non-Criminal Consequences of Child Pornography Criminal Conviction

Aside from the aforementioned items, there is always the social stigma attached to sexual offenses, especially those involving a child or minor. For many offenders, obtaining employment or even finding a place to live can prove to be a difficult task, in light of their status as a sex offender. Furthermore, many offenders also face some of the most invasive, restrictive, and prolonged parole or probation periods of any other criminal offenders. This means that the potential to reoffend, or at the very least violate the conditions of one’s release, are relatively high.

Getting Legal Help with Possession of Child Pornography Conviction

If facing criminal charges for possession of child pornography, or already having been convicted of the charge, an offender will benefit from the counsel and representation of a lawyer. Knowing one’s legal rights before and after a child pornography possession conviction can be difficult to ascertain, given the highly restrictive nature of the sex offender registry and ensuing probation or parole release.

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