Child Pornography

Child Pornography and the Offenders

Child Pornography and the Offenders

Child Pornography is a form of child sexual exploitation. Federal Law defines Child Pornography as “any visual depiction of sexually explicit conduct involving a minor (persons less than 18 years old).” Images of Child Pornography are also referred to as child sexual abuse.

It is a crime to produce, possess, distribute, or sell any pornographic material that exploits a minor. When Child Pornography laws are violated the offenders face severe statutory penalties. Child Pornographic laws also include the use of technology and the internet to obtain, share and distribute Child Pornographic material.

The offenders in Child Pornography

Offenders involved in Child Pornography vary from producers to actual users. It is important to apprehend all individuals in every step of the process to combat and eliminate Child Pornography. Common groups of Child Pornography offenders are:

The Producers: These are the individuals who employ, use, or advertise minors in pornographic material. This includes both homemade and commercially produced pornography.

The Distributors: These individuals are involved in commercially producing material. They sell, mail, loan, give, export, advertise, or transport pornographic material. There are many pedophile organizations that act as contact services for pedophiles to obtain Child Pornography.

Coercers: They are involved in coercing children to engage in pornographic material. They rely heavily on bribery and persuasion. They often manipulate children by offering them things that they really want.

The User: They are commonly called pedophiles. These take pleasure in using pornographic material.

Child Pornography among youth

Sexting is another issue that has arisen in the recent past. It is the use of peer/self-exploitation among teenagers. In certain circumstances, sexting may be considered criminal in nature. These may include the following:

  • A young person unintentionally creating Child Pornography.

  • Youth intentionally producing or sharing images/videos that meet the Child Pornography criteria.

  • A young individual who is engaging in behaviour that involves intimidation and/or coercion of the affected youth. He/she is also guilty of creating and sharing of Child Pornography.

  • Criminal harassment, extortion, voyeurism, and impersonation.

Hire an Attorney today

Whether falling under federal or state law, Child Pornography crimes are serious and carry very long sentences. When your reputation, your job and your livelihood are on the line, a sex crimes attorney in Jersey City, NJ at The Law Offices of Joel Silberman, LLC can assist in investigating and preparing your case. Joel and his team can work with the appropriate experts to maximize your ability to obtain a successful resolution of your case. Are you charged with an offense in Child Pornography? Our expert and well versed lawyers have your best interest in mind while fighting your case.


Penalties for Child Pornography

Child pornography is the visual depiction of sexual activities involving children. Production, possession, and distribution of child pornographic videos or images are punishable offenses. Any person involved in such activities will be charged with child pornography.

Penalties for Child Pornography

New Jersey penalties for child pornography are severe. Under state law or federal law, persons convicted of child pornography may face the following sentences:

  • The period of imprisonment for distributing, selling, transporting or receiving visual child pornographic content is 5-10 years.
  • Child pornography photographing is a second degree crime, and can lead to 5-10 years of imprisonment.
  • Possessing child pornography or viewing it is a fourth degree crime, and can lead to up to 18 months of imprisonment.
  • Anyone convicted of child pornography must register as a sex offender, and the criminal record is publicly available. The offender must re-register periodically or when they change addresses.
  • If the person allowing child pornography is the parent of the child, then the activity is a first degree crime punishable with 10-20 years imprisonment.

Child pornography charges should not be taken lightly. If you are charged with child pornography, then you need to contact a sex crime defense lawyer.

Sex Crime Lawyer in New Jersey

If you are accused of child pornography in NJ, then contact Jersey City criminal defense lawyer, Mr. Joel Silberman. Call 201-273-7070 / 800-889-3129 for a consultation.

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