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Individuals in Ohio are most often charged with child pornography related offenses when they produce, promote, or possess any obscene or sexual material involving a minor. This includes material that they did not produce themselves. For example, if an individual purchases or downloads obscene material involving a minor, he or she can face child pornography charges.
Once you have been arrested on child pornography charges, it is important to hire an experienced and knowledgeable attorney to help you avoid any serious repercussions that may arise from a conviction. Brian Joslyn of the Joslyn Law Firm will make every effort to help you avoid harsh punishments for your alleged offense. Call the Joslyn Law Firm at (614) 444-1900 for a consultation today.
In Ohio, an individual can be charged with child pornography if he or she uses an individual who is under the age of 18 to participate in or produce sexually oriented material, or possesses or promotes material depicting a child engaging in sexual activity, whether it is consensual or against the child’s will. According to Ohio laws, a minor does not have the legal ability to consent to sexual or obscene acts.
In most cases, the promotion of child pornography takes place through the internet. This is mainly because the internet:
While individuals have found a convenient and relatively private way to access child pornography, law enforcement has found ways to combat this. By setting up sting operations, monitoring internet activity, and tracking IP addresses, law enforcement can now gather strong evidence against individuals who are accused of participating in child pornography.
Many times, an arrest for child pornography can lead to second degree felony charges. In Ohio, a second degree felony is punishable by between two and eight years in prison, along with a potential fine of up to $15,000.
Depending on the details surrounding the offense, individuals can also face felony charges, which can lead to more severe penalties. Also, if convicted of child pornography, the offender may be required.
Contact the Joslyn Law Firm today for a consultation about your child pornography charges in Columbus, Ohio. Brian Joslyn is an experienced Columbus criminal lawyer who will help you find possible defenses and mitigating factors in your particular case.
Contact the Joslyn Law Firm at (614) 444-1900 for a consultation about your charges of child pornography in Franklin County and surrounding counties, including Pickaway County, Madison County, Delaware County, Licking County and Fairfield County in Ohio.