Possession of Child Pornography FAQs

  • What constitutes child pornography?
  • Any photographic or video images of a child under the age of eighteen which shows the nude breast, genitalia or buttocks of a child, or shows the child performing or participating in a sexual act, may constitute child pornography. The transmission of these images to any other person is also illegal. Each individual photograph or video may constitute a separate criminal charge. Therefore, a person who may have twelve such images saved on a computer can face twelve charges of possession of child pornography. Each count carries a sentence of up to five years in prison, so having twelve images exposes a person to up to sixty years of incarceration.

  • What does it mean to get charged with child pornography on your computer?
  • Having child pornography on your computer means viewing or saving any image, photo or video which depicts a person under eighteen performing or participating in a sexual act. It also includes nude images of a minor showing their genitalia or buttocks.  Each individual image, photograph or video constitutes a separate charge. Therefore a person with seven such photos and three videos could face up to ten counts of Possession of Child Pornography, each one carrying a maximum sentence of up to five years imprisonment.

  • May I be found guilty if I accidentally receiving child pornography?
  • Any possession, accidental or otherwise, of child pornography could subject a person to a criminal charge. If you believe an image, photograph or video depicts child pornography, you should immediately delete the same from your computer. You may wish to consult an attorney to insure that you have effectively deleted the illegal content.


Orlando Child Pornography Defense Attorney

If you are charged with child pornography in Orlando or anywhere in Central Florida, please call our Central Florida sex crimes defense lawyer immediatly at 866-680-4LAW to discuss your case. Our early interventation is key for the outcome of your case. You may also fill out the online form provided at the top of this page and we will contact you shortly. We respond to after-hours messages promptly. Evening or weekend appointments are available on request. We offer a free consultation and we will keep all your information confidential.

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