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Cherry Hill Child Pornography Defense Lawyer

Diligent and Experienced Attorney Represents Clients Facing Child Pornography Charges in Cherry Hill, New Jersey 

In New Jersey, if you are convicted of a child pornography charge, you are facing severe and long-ranging consequences. Child pornography laws are purposefully broad to protect children from sexual exploitation. It is illegal to possess, download, view, or distribute sexually explicit images or videos of any person under the age of 18. Moreover, New Jersey law holds people who possess or distribute child pornography strictly liable for their actions, even if they don’t realize that the persons in the materials they are downloading or distributing are under the age of 18. 

A conviction for child pornography will result in harsh punishments including prison time, large fines, along with the requirements to register as a sex offender pursuant to Megan’s Law. You also may be subject to parole supervision for life. The consequences of a conviction will impact the rest of your life. That is why it is important that you speak to an experienced criminal defense attorney, one who has handled and tried these types of cases before a jury with excellent results. Our legal team has the resources, skills, and legal knowledge to craft a strong case and secure the best possible result in your favor. Contact the Cherry Hill child pornography defense lawyer Michele Finizio for a free and confidential discussion. 

Degrees of Child Pornography Crimes in New Jersey

In New Jersey, you can be arrested for possession, distribution, viewing, manufacturing, or permitting the creation of child pornography. The crimes for child pornography are hierarchical, in terms of degrees of crimes for the felony crime of involvement in child pornography. Child pornography charges can be prosecuted as:

  • First-degree felonies. The actual creation of child pornography may be punished as a first-degree crime carrying a potential 20-year prison sentence and upwards of $200,000 in fines.
  • Second-degree felonies. Distributing child pornography is a second-degree crime, meaning that you will face between five and ten years in jail if convicted, with a presumption of incarceration.
  • Third-degree felonies. Mere possession of child pornography is punishable as a third-degree crime in New Jersey, meaning that you will face up to five years in jail if convicted.

Notably, a child pornography conviction can result in lifelong registration requirements under Megan’s Law, lifetime supervised parole and a period of parole ineligibility. These severe penalties require a strong and knowledgeable criminal defense attorney to advocate on your behalf and craft a solid legal defense. Contact The Law Office of Michele Finizio to learn more about your rights and interests.

Consequences for Various Child Pornography Offenses

Consequences for a conviction of a child pornography offense include:

  • Distribution, possession, or viewing of child pornography (second or subsequent offense): Prison term of five to ten years and a fine of up to $25,000
  • Production of child pornography: Prison term of five to ten years and a fine of up to $25,000
  • Distribution, possession, or viewing of child pornography (first offense): Prison term of three-and-a-half to seven years and a fine of up to $15,000

Our Legal Team Has the Skills and Resources to Beat Child Pornography Charges

At the Law Office of Michele Finizio, we know what it takes to build a strong defense in difficult child pornography cases.  We work with respected experts in the field as we work on creating an effective defense, including computer experts, psychologists, and others who can present a compelling case to support a not guilty verdict. Child pornography charges are often difficult to defend. Judges and juries walk into the courtroom with their own set of values and beliefs.  You need a lawyer with the skills needed to break through these boundaries and provide an effective defense. Our legal team begins your case with fresh eyes and analyzes every piece of evidence to question how police and prosecutors arrived at your charges. To learn more, contact our office for a free and confidential discussion.

About Cherry Hill, NJ

Cherry Hill is a township in Camden County, New Jersey. The township has an approximate population of 71,000. Cherry Hill is in the top fifteen of the most populous municipalities in New Jersey and is the second-largest municipality in Camden County. Cherry Hill is situated on the Delaware Valley coastal plain, approximately eight miles southeast of Philadelphia. 

Frequently Asked Questions about Child Pornography Law in Cherry Hill, New Jersey

FAQ: Will I go to jail if I am convicted of a child pornography offense?

Potentially yes. If you are charged with a fourth-degree or third-degree crime, it may be possible to obtain a sentence of probation. However, many child pornography offenses are charged as a second-degree or a first-degree crime, which in New Jersey carries a presumption of imprisonment. If you are convicted of the distribution of child pornography or if you have prior child pornography convictions, you may also be subject to mandatory minimum sentences. You may also be required to serve at least an overwhelming majority of your sentence before you will be eligible for parole.

FAQ: Can I be charged if I thought the individuals in the pornographic materials were adults?

Yes. There are laws in place that require documentation verifying that persons depicted in pornographic materials are 18 years or older, so it is usually not a defense if you believe that people depicted in pornographic materials in your possession were adults. However, you may have a legal defense if you received pornography and turned it over to law enforcement upon discovering that individuals depicted in the materials were minors. If you would like to learn more, contact The Law Offices of Michele Finizio for a free and confidential discussion.

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