CHILD PORNOGRAPHY & INTERNET SEX CRIMES DEFENSE
Defending Cybercrime Sex Charges Virginia
In Virginia, the production, possession, and distribution of child pornography are three separate felony charges. Sentences upon conviction for possessing pornographic images of children are some of the harshest in the country and can result in jail, fines, a criminal record, and sex offender registration.
Virginia law does not permit residents to possess child pornography. A Virginia resident who intentionally obtains and keeps child pornography in his or her possession and is convicted under VA Statute 18.2-374.1:1 will be guilty of a Class 6 felony.
Child pornography is a very serious crime in Virginia, which can result in horrific consequences if you are convicted of a crime related to child pornography.
Any person who knowingly possesses any sexually explicit visual material utilizing or having as a subject a person less than 18 years of age shall be guilty of a Class 6 felony; however, no prosecution for possession of material prohibited by this section shall lie where the prohibited material comes into the possession of the person charged from a law-enforcement officer or law-enforcement agency.
The penalties for Class 6 felonies fall under Virginia Statute 18.2-10. Possession of child pornography means that those convicted could receive a prison sentence of at least 1 year with a maximum sentence of 5 years. If the judge or the jury decides, they can choose to sentence the convicted party to a 12-month jail term or a maximum $2,500 fine. In some instances, people have received both meaning that a child pornography lawyer in Virginia should be contacted as soon as you are accused.
Virginia law includes subsections with specific charges for particular child pornography violations. Possession of child pornography in Virginia is a Class 6 felony, carrying a penalty of either between 1 and 5 years in prison or a maximum of 1 year in prison and a maximum fine of $2,500. If someone is convicted of a second or subsequent violation of child pornography possession, the charge is a Class 5 felony, which carries a penalty of between 1 and 10 years’ imprisonment or a maximum sentence of 1 year in a correctional facility and a maximum fine of $2,500.
In addition, there may be specific penalties to prevent the person who committed the child pornography crime from accessing the internet. It can be a specific condition of probation for child pornography where the person refrains from using the internet at all or can only use the internet for work purposes. There are also specific computer programs that can limit or monitor a person’s internet usage to make sure that they are not looking at restricted material.
If you need the help of a child pornography lawyer in Virginia in Fairfax, City of Fairfax, Prince William (Manassas), Fauquier (Warrenton), Loudoun (Leesburg), Caroline, Stafford, Spotsylvania (Fredericksburg), Chesterfield, Henrico, Arlington, Richmond, Alexandria, Warren (Front Royal), Clarke, Shenandoah, King George, Charles City, Frederick (Winchester), Fredericksburg, Gloucester, Hanover, Hopewell, James City, King & Queen, King William, New Kent, Newport News, Petersburg, Prince George, Rappahannock, York, call our law firm immediately for help and speak to a lawyer about your options. If you need the help of a child pornography lawyer in Maryland in Montgomery County, Rockville, Bethesda, Baltimore, Anne Arundel County (Annapolis), Baltimore County, Howard County, Ellicott City or Frederick, do not hesitate to call us for a consultation.
If you wish to consult a SRIS Law Group, P.C. Maryland/Virginia child pornography attorney, call us at 855-696-3348.