Felony Charge: Child Pornography
Arizona takes child exploitation very seriously and it comes with high consequences. The use of vulnerable children for one’s own gratification is not tolerated. Harsh penalties are inflicted when someone is convicted with this crime. When someone is wrongly accused of this, it can have devastating results on that person’s life. If you find yourself with charges against you for child pornography, contact Coolidge Law, located in Gilbert, Arizona, to obtain a qualified criminal lawyer as your defense.
What is Child Pornography?
Child pornography is the exploitation, or action of using a child for sexual or monetary gratification. The conviction for child pornography and sexual exploitation of a minor occurs if you create, distribute, or possess any depiction of sexual abuse of a child. The law is very strict regarding this crime and takes it very seriously.
When someone is charged and convicted with child pornography, the charges are severe. Arizona has no tolerance for those who prey on the vulnerable in our society. The sentencing for this crime is:
- Possessing an image of a sexual act with a minor has a minimum penalty of ten years in prison for each violation. If there is more than one image found in your possession, it is ten years for each additional image. If you have ten pictures downloaded of a minor engaged in a sexual act, you could be sentenced to 100 years in prison.
- It is considered a Class 2 Felony, with a sentence of 10-24 years based on circumstances,
Arizona currently has people in prison serving sentences of several hundred years due to their possession of images of child pornography. Arizona is one of the most strict states when it comes to laws and sentencing for child pornography. The first amendment does not include the right to exploit a minor for sexual or monetary gratification.
Being wrongly accused of child pornography can be devastating and follow you for the rest of your life. For the best defense to prove your innocence, or to decrease the sentencing on your charge, contact Coolidge Law today to build a strong defense in court.
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