Pornography FAQ

"I have found some questionable files on your computer."

"Have you been downloading and sharing pornography?"

"It has come to our attention that you are in possession of pornographic images of a questionable nature."

No matter how the subject is broached, the thought of being accused of or charged with child pornography possession or distribution should send a shiver up your spine. If convicted you face harsh criminal penalties as well as the stigma of being a registered sex offender.

You have questions about your rights and your future. At O'Brien Hatfield, PA, we have answers.

"I accidentally downloaded child porn. Now what?"

Contact an attorney immediately. Even though you did not mean to engage in the downloading of child pornography, you still face the possibility of criminal charges and penalties.

An attorney can gather the facts in your case and begin interacting with law enforcement and/or prosecutors to resolve the situation in a way that protects your rights and privacy.

What is considered illegal porn?

For the purposes of Florida and federal pornography laws, pornography that contains the sexual performance of a minor is illegal. Pornographic images that were taken of someone without their consent may also be illegal depending on the circumstances, but most charges stem from child pornography.

What are the legal consequences of "sexting"?

Even if you did not request the text message containing a nude or pornographic image of a minor, receiving it can expose you to the possibility of child pornography charges. This applies to situations involving minors "sexting" minors, adults "sexting" minors and minors "sexting" adults.

What is the sentencing for federal child pornography charges?

If charged with child pornography possession or distribution at the federal level, you can face thousands of dollars in fines and lengthy prison sentences for each image you possess or distribute.

What charges can come from child porn?

You could face charges such as promoting a sexual performance by a child, distributing child pornography and possession of child pornography.

What if you work on computers and get arrested for child pornography?

If your computer has acquired pornographic files while linked up to a computer or server that you are working on, you need to speak to a lawyer as soon as possible in order to protect your rights. You still face criminal charges even if it was an honest mistake. Don't risk fines, prison time and the destruction of your personal reputation. Get a lawyer.