Sex Crimes: Child Pornography

The Law Offices of Lucy S. McAllister provide criminal defense to clients living in the San Francisco Bay Area. We vigorously defend Californians who have been charged or accused of criminal offenses,  including child pornography.

Pornography – especially child pornography – is rampant on the Internet. But if you’re caught downloading and viewing child pornography from the Internet, you’re facing a lifetime of registration as a sex offender if convicted. Forward that photo to someone over the Internet, and now you’re facing felony charges or in some cases extremely serious federal charges. Federal and state laws stipulate that it is a criminal act to produce, possess, distribute, or sell pornographic images that depict or exploit minors.

Child pornography laws are often used to penalize users of computer technology including the Internet who obtain, share, or distribute pornographic images or films involving children. Sometimes the distribution is inadvertent or even built into a “peer to peer” type of source. You need a strong defense to any of these cases. Conviction on these cases will trigger lifetime registration as a sex offender.

Internet Communication with Minors

Many adults using the internet to fulfill personal fantasies believe that the communications that they are having with “minors” are actually with other adults. Sometimes, the person who is involved in a conversation is surprised to find out that the “adult” is actually a police officer posing as a minor. While conversations with a minor may seem benign fantasy, it is highly likely that the person posing as a minor is actually a police officer or an investigative reporter who is attempting to convince the other party to send graphic messages and photographs in order to prosecute him or her for transmission of pornography which is itself a felony. Even worse, the officer may encourage the unsuspecting party to meet with the fictional minor at a mutually convenient location. At that time, the “minor” will often be asking the adult to bring certain items along with him for identification or pleasure purposes. These can include specific types of chewing gum, sodas, flowers, and other items. When the target adult shows up for a meeting, he or she is immediately arrested for attempted child molestation, a very serious felony.

If you or someone you know has ever participated in communication like the above with a minor, you will need immediate professional legal advice. If you’re facing charges of child pornography, you need an aggressive, experienced, and knowledgeable criminal defense attorney.

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Criminal Defense Attorney Lucy S. McAllister defends clients throughout the San Francisco Bay Area who have been accused, charged, or arrested for criminal offenses in Santa Clara County, San Benito County, San Mateo County, Monterey County, Alameda County, and San Francisco County. Clients come to us from throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, including communities such as Sunnyvale, Mountain View, Santa Clara, Campbell, Cupertino, Los Gatos, Saratoga, Palo Alto, San Mateo, Salinas, Monterey, San Benito, Hollister, San Juan Bautista, Santa Cruz, Watsonville, Gilroy, San Martin, and Morgan Hill, Redwood City, San Francisco, Oakland, Fremont, Newark, and Hayward.