Child Pornography

Not everything in life is black and white, and we understand that. Even serious felony crimes such as possession or transmission of child pornography can often be made unintentionally or by accident. But it only takes one mistake to lead to serious consequences that could haunt you for the rest of your life.

If you or someone you know is facing charges involving child pornography, the best thing you can do for yourself is to seek out counsel to handle your defense. A knowledgeable sex crimes attorney can listen to your story without judgment and fight to protect your rights and freedom.

Defense Attorney for Child Pornography in Treasure Coast, FL

The legal team at Meltzer & Bell has years of proven experience handling sexual offense charges. We represent clients across the Treasure Coast, including cities like Fort Pierce, Port St. Lucie, and Palm City in Martin County and St. Lucie County. Our attorneys are committed to providing clients with the best defense possible, no matter the charges. We examine the evidence and, when possible, push to get charges reduced or dropped without going to trial.

Call Meltzer & Bell today at (772) 291-2534 or send us a message via our online form to schedule a free consultation. Both contact methods are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


Overview of Child Pornography in Treasure Coast, FL


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Definition of Child Pornography Charges in Treasure Coast, FL

Florida Statute 827.071(5)(a) defines child porn as any photo, movie, exhibition, show, representation, image, data, computer depiction, or other presentation featuring a child engaging in sexual conduct. Under Florida law, a child is any person younger than 18 years of age (also known as a minor).

It’s important to note that each instance of identified child pornography is charged as a separate count of possession. Charges for digital child pornography hold the same weight as physical child porn.

If you are found to possess, promote, create, or transmit child porn, you could be convicted of a felony with serious consequences.


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Child Pornography Penalties in Treasure Coast, FL

Possession of child porn is charged as a third-degree felony. You could be charged for every piece of underage pornographic content you viewed or possessed. Punishment for possession of child pornography is up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

Transmitting, or sharing, child porn upgrades the charge to a more severe second-degree felony. A conviction for transmitting child pornography is punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

Promoting or producing child pornography results in first-degree felony charges. A first-degree felony charge is the most serious felony offense in Florida. A conviction for this charge brings serious penalties. If convicted, you could spend up to 30 years in prison.


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Sex Offender Registration After a Child Porn Conviction in Florida

All child porn-related crimes are sexual offenses. If convicted, you would be required to register as a sex offender. Sex offenders are subject to intense scrutiny of nearly every piece of personal information by law enforcement in an attempt to prevent them from reoffending.

Registering as a sex offender with a felony on your record makes it more difficult to secure a job. It is also difficult to locate a suitable place to live that complies with the stringent legal requirements. You will be required to notify your local sheriff’s office every time your information changes. This means that if you create an account for a website, get a new phone line, or move, you must notify the authorities.s


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Additional Resources

How the FBI tracks down child pornography predators | PBS – This story by the Public Broadcasting System news program, Frontline, focuses on child pornography. Visit this link to view a video detailing the methods used by federal law enforcement officials to track down individuals engaged in child porn-related activities online.

Frequently Asked Questions | CSOM – The Center for Sex Offender Management is an organization created jointly by the Office of Justice Programs, the National Insitute of Corrections, and the State Justice Institute. Visit this website to view a list of commonly asked questions about sex offenders, including where they can live and how citizens in a community are notified.

Transmission of pornography by electronic device | Florida Statutes 847.0137 – The main statute concerning electronic child pornography is published online by the Florida Legislature. Here you can read a detailed definition of child pornography and the sentences for possessing or promoting child porn.


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Defense Lawyer for Child Pornography in Treasure Coast, FL

You deserve to tell your side of the story, and you deserve the best defense possible against felony charges involving child porn. Our sex crimes attorneys are ready to provide the highest quality legal defense we can offer.

Contact Meltzer & Bell immediately if you or someone you know is facing charges related to child pornography. We accept clients in the greater Treasure Coast area, including Port St. Lucie, Palm City, and Fort Pierce in Martin County and St. Lucie County. The sooner you contact us, the more time we will have to review your case and plan out a defense. Our consultations are free. Call us at (772) 291-2534 or complete the online form on this page to send us a message today.


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