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Child pornography cases in New York can be very complex. Here are some frequently asked questions to help demystify these types of cases:
New York law defines child pornography as any visual depiction of a child under 16 years old engaged in sexual conduct. This includes actual or simulated sexual intercourse, oral sex, anal sex, masturbation, bestiality, or lewd exhibition of genitals. Even computer-generated images can be considered child porn if they are indistinguishable from images of actual children.
The legal definition hinges on whether the material is considered “obscene” – meaning it appeals to a prurient interest in sex, depicts sexual conduct in a patently offensive way, and lacks serious artistic, political, or scientific value.
Simply possessing child pornography is a felony offense in New York. Promoting, selling, or distributing child porn carries even stiffer penalties.
There are several potential defenses to child pornography charges in New York:
An experienced New York criminal defense lawyer can evaluate the specifics of your case and build the strongest defense.
A conviction for possessing child pornography in New York can lead to up to 4 years in prison. Promoting or distributing child porn carries up to 7 years imprisonment.
In addition to incarceration, those convicted will also face:
Federal child porn charges bring even harsher punishments – typically a mandatory minimum of 5 years in federal prison.
Yes, it is possible to be released on bail pending trial for child pornography charges in New York. However, bail is never guaranteed and the court has discretion to deny bail if you are deemed a flight risk or danger to the community.
Factors that help secure bail include having stable employment, residency ties to New York, lack of criminal history, and posting of cash bail or bond. An experienced criminal defense lawyer can argue for bail that meets the court’s requirements.
Yes. Anyone convicted of a child pornography offense in New York will be required to register as a level 1, 2 or 3 sex offender.
This means your photo, address, and background will be searchable on a public registry website. You will also face strict limits on where you can live and work.
Sex offender registration lasts a minimum of 20 years. But some offenders must register for life. An attorney may be able to negotiate a plea deal that avoids registration requirements.
Never. There is no benefit to speaking with police if you are being investigated for child pornography crimes. Police are building a case against you, not trying to help you.
Anything you say can be used against you, while your silence cannot. Politely decline to answer any questions and immediately contact a New York criminal defense lawyer for advice on how to proceed.
Do not consent to any search of your home, phone, computer or other devices if contacted by police about child porn. Law enforcement will likely pressure you to “cooperate” but you should always exercise your 4th Amendment right against unreasonable searches.
Politely inform police you do not consent to any search. Make it clear you are not resisting, just politely asserting your constitutional rights. Ask if you are free to leave – if so, leave. If not, you are being detained and should exercise your right to remain silent until your lawyer arrives.
Unfortunately, New York does not allow expungement (permanent destruction) of criminal records, even for non-violent felonies like child porn possession. However, those convicted can later apply to have their records sealed under the state’s sealing laws.
Sealing hides a conviction from public databases like background checks. Sealing eligibility depends on the offense and passage of time since the conviction. An attorney can advise if you qualify to have your record sealed.
Accused of a child porn crime in New York? Don’t delay in contacting an experienced criminal defense attorney to protect your rights. A skilled lawyer can thoroughly evaluate the charges and build the strongest defense to avoid a devastating conviction.
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