In Georgia, one of the most damaging areas of the criminal justice system is that of sex crimes, particularly those involving children. This includes charges relating to child pornography. Child pornography is a complex, serious area of the law, and individuals who are facing child pornography charges likely are overwhelmed and concerned about the security of their future and their ability to fight against such serious charges.
Child pornography is a delicate area of the law, and investigations often involve forensic scientists, specialized technology, and a great deal of time and patience. Unfortunately, the individuals who are subject to the investigation often find themselves also subject to social stigma, complicated relationships, and complications with professional and educational pursuits.
Child Pornography Crimes in Georgia
There are several instances that may result in charges of child pornography, including:
- Sexual exploitation of children
- Online chatting between adults and minors
- “Sexting” between adults and minors
- Online file sharing
- Possession of child pornography
- Producing or distributing child pornography
While these are the most common instances classified as child pornography related crimes, there are many variables to Georgia law, which may alter the charges, and the course of your case, significantly. Georgia code states that it is illegal for anyone to possess, produce, or distribute any material depicting minors engaged in sexual behaviors or simulating sexual behaviors. This includes photographs, videos, online files, and other online and print materials. Because this section of the law is so broad, there are many activities and behaviors that may be classified as child pornography, well beyond the scope of the items listed above.
Penalties for Child Pornography
Georgia law is very strict in regards to child pornography charges, and therefore is equally strict with administering penalties for those who are convicted of such crimes. While the penalties for child pornography charges may vary depending on the exact nature of the charges, the most common penalties include:
- Fines – Fines for a conviction of child pornography can range from a few hundred dollars up to $100,000.
- Prison – A prison sentence for child pornography charges can range from five years, up to 20 years, depending on the exact nature of the charges.
- Permanent Record - One of the most detrimental penalties that results from a conviction of child pornography is the permanent record and mandatory registration as a sex offender. A permanent record for sex crimes can have a devastating effect on the defendant’s life, including his or her ability to secure employment.
These penalties may be administered individually, or in combination with one another or other penalties.
Get Guidance with Child Pornography Charges
There is no question that child pornography charges are complex and difficult to overcome. It is critical that anyone who is charged with child pornography related crimes get the guidance of an experienced criminal defense attorney. At Abt Law Firm, LLC, our skilled Atlanta Criminal Defense Attorney is well versed in the technology and tactics used by prosecutors to sway a jury and obtain a conviction. We work diligently to provide our clients with the best, most comprehensive legal representation possible.
To protect you and your loved ones from the damage that child pornography charges or a conviction can cause, call Abt Law Firm, LLC today at 1-800-NO JAIL-9 (1-800-665-2459). We proudly offer 24/7 assistance to our clients including consultations. Schedule your free consultation today at our office, at the jail if you are incarcerated, or over the telephone at your convenience. We are here to help all Georgia residents secure the best outcome possible for even the most complicated cases, including child pornography or related charges.