Los Angeles Child Pornography Defense Lawyer
Beverly Hills Sex Crimes Attorney
Arrested for child pornography in Los Angeles? Child pornography refers
to material depicting children being in a state of undress, engaged in
erotic poses or actual sexual activity. Abuse of the child occurs during
sexual acts which are recorded in the production of child pornography,
and the effects of the abuse of the child are compounded by the wide distribution
and lasting availability of photographs of the abuse. The production,
distribution, receipt or possession of child pornography is illegal under
both California State Law and under Federal Law. Both State and Federal
Law carry serious penalties, including lengthy prison sentences for any
criminal offense related to child pornography.
It is essential that you consult a Los Angeles sex crimes defense lawyer
as soon as possible, in order to help ensure that your rights and future
freedom are protected – even in the face of serious child pornography
The Internet has fundamentally changed how child pornography is reproduced
and disseminated and, according to the United States Department of Justice,
resulted in a massive increase in the availability, accessibility, and
volume of child pornography. The production of child pornography has become
a multi-billion dollar industry.
Child pornography is among the fastest growing crimes on the internet.
Digital cameras and Internet distribution facilitated by the use of credit
cards and the ease of transferring images across national borders has
made it easier than ever for users of child pornography to obtain the
photographs and videos.
However, an individual may not have intentionally downloaded child pornography,
an automated program or virus may have placed files on your computer without
your knowledge. And yet, you may find yourself in a situation where you
are now facing a criminal investigation or charges of child pornography.
It is crucial to have a child pornography defense lawyer on your side
to protect your rights.
Sexting refers to a recently increasing practice in which people use cell
phone messaging to send nude or seminude images of themselves to others
(such as friends or dating partners). These may be passed along to others
or be posted on the Internet. Due to sexting by minors, some teenagers
have been charged with possessing and/or distributing child pornography
resulting in unintended consequences and unintended uses of child pornography laws.
Child Pornography May Be a Federal Offense!
As stated above, a child pornography charge may be a
federal offense. Federal sentencing guidelines regarding child pornography differentiate
between production, distribution and purchasing/receiving, and also include
variations in severity based on the age of the child involved in the materials,
with significant increases in penalties when the offense involves a prepubescent
child or a child under the age of 12. In addition, Federal law makes it
a criminal offense to pander or solicit child pornography.
In these situations, you will need an experienced Los Angeles child pornography
defense attorney on your side who can be effective in both State and Federal
Court and who isn’t afraid of going up against experienced and aggressive
Federal prosecutors and Federal law enforcement agents.
Los Angeles Child Pornography Attorney Robert M. Bernstein
Robert M. Bernstein is an experienced Los Angeles child pornography defense
lawyer who is licensed to practice law in both State and Federal Courts
in California, and the United States Supreme Court. As a former prosecutor,
working directly under United States Attorney General Janet Reno, Mr.
Bernstein has an understanding of both sides of
the criminal process as it applies to these types of charges.
The Law Offices of Robert M. Bernstein are located in Beverly Hills, California,
and we defend child pornography cases throughout Los Angeles and the state