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Child Pornography

People who are charged with crimes relating to pornographic material featuring children understandably feel as though they are presumed guilty until proven innocent. This is indeed a profoundly damaging criminal offense for a person to be accused of, and many innocent people can have their lives irreparably harmed even when they have their names cleared of any wrongdoing.

In the digital age, it can be extremely easy for a person to inadvertently download an incriminating file containing such pornographic material or have incriminating pictures or videos gained through the use of shared computers or Wi-Fi passwords. Unfortunately, the state of Florida and the federal government both take these types of crimes very seriously and prosecutors will often pursue very harsh penalties against alleged offenders.

Tallahassee Child Pornography Lawyer

Have you been charged with or are you under investigation for any kind of crime relating to child porn? You should immediately contact Pumphrey Law for help developing the strongest possible legal defense.

Our Tallahassee child pornography attorneys aggressively defend clients in and around the greater Leon County area, including such Florida Panhandle communities as Blountstown, Graceville, Malone, Marianna, Perry, Port St. Joe, and Wewahitchka. You can take advantage of a free, completely confidential consultation that will allow our firm to review your case by calling (850) 681-7777 today.


Leon County Child Pornography Information Center


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Florida Child Pornography Charges

Florida laws criminalize the possession, distribution, and manufacturing of visual material that features children engaging in sexual conduct. Under Florida Statute § 847.001, a minor is defined as any person under the age of 18 years, and child pornography is defined as any image depicting a minor engaged in sexual conduct.

The same statute also defines sexual conduct as meaning “actual or simulated sexual intercourse, deviate sexual intercourse, sexual bestiality, masturbation, or sadomasochistic abuse; actual lewd exhibition of the genitals; actual physical contact with a person’s clothed or unclothed genitals, pubic area, buttocks, or, if such person is a female, breast with the intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desire of either party; or any act or conduct which constitutes sexual battery or simulates that sexual battery is being or will be committed.” The statute specifically notes that a mother’s breastfeeding of her baby does not under any circumstance constitute sexual conduct.

Some of the specific charges relating to child porn that people can face include:

any notice, statement, or advertisement of any minor’s name, telephone number, place of residence, physical characteristics, or other descriptive or identifying information for purposes of facilitating, encouraging, offering, or soliciting sexual conduct of or with any minor, or the visual depiction of such conduct.


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Child Pornography Penalties in Leon County

The level of punishment for convictions involving these crimes depends on the specific classifications of the offenses. The possible terms of imprisonment and fines are as follows:

It is important to keep in mind that certain cases may involve multiple pornographic materials resulting in separate charges. For example, a person convicted of possessing five photographs involving a sexual performance by a child could be sentenced to 75 years in prison.

Additionally, an alleged offender who is convicted of this type of crime could also be required to register as a sex offender. This can severely limit his or her chances of obtaining employment, housing, or certain benefits.


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Federal Child Pornography Charges

A large amount of pornographic material is distributed or transmitted on the internet. This can often be interpreted as crossing state lines and makes alleged offenders subject to violations of the Commerce Clause of the United States Constitution.

In these cases, alleged offenders could be prosecuted by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) for the following federal child porn crimes:


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Child Pornography Defenses in Florida

It is important to have skilled legal counsel thoroughly investigate your case to determine all of the possible defenses that may be applicable to your case. A few of the common defenses in these types of cases include, but are not limited to:


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Find a Child Pornography Lawyer in Tallahassee

If you are under investigation for or have been charged with any kind of criminal offense involving child porn, you should not delay in getting legal representation. Pumphrey Law works tirelessly to keep these types of criminal charges out of federal court and ultimately get them reduced or completely dismissed.

Our experienced Tallahassee child pornography attorneys help residents of communities in Leon County, Calhoun County, Gulf County, Jackson County, Madison County, and Taylor County as well as many other areas of Northern Florida. Call (850) 681-7777 today to have our firm provide a complete evaluation of your case during a free, confidential consultation.

Article last updated August 5, 2016.

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