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Possession of Child Pornography

Possession of Child Pornography is a serious crime in Florida, as well as on the federal level.  The consequences of a conviction are far reaching and can be devastating.

Criminal offenses related to child pornography can be found in Florida Statute §827.071.  “Possession of Child Pornography” is found in §827.071(5)(a) and can be defined as:

  • Knowingly possessing, controlling, or intentionally viewing a
  • Photograph, motion picture, exhibition, show, representation, image, data, computer depiction, or other presentation which
  • In whole or in part, he or she knows to include any sexual conduct by a child

PENALTY

Any person charged with Possession of Child Pornography, a third-degree felony, can face up to five (5) years in prison if convicted, along with a fine and sex offender registration.

Each photograph, motion picture, exhibition, show, image, data, computer depiction, representation, or presentation may be charged as a separate felony offense.

Additionally, if the photograph, motion picture, exhibition, show, representation, image, data, computer depiction, or other presentation depicts sexual conduct by more than one child, each child may be charged as a separate felony offense.

DEFENSES

  • Unintended possession
  • Shared computer
  • Illegal search/seizure
  • Content is not child pornography
  • Entrapment

 Statute of Limitations

In Florida, a prosecution for Possession of Child Pornography must be commenced within three (3) years after the commission of the crime.

Get the Right Defense with a FREE Case Review

You may have been accused of possessing child pornography, but that does not mean you are guilty. There are many factual and legal issues that must be investigated and evaluated. Because of the complexities of a Possession of Child Pornography charge, it is imperative that you speak with an experienced sex crimes lawyer right away.

If you or someone you know has been accused of a Possession of Child Pornography sex offense in Pinellas County or the Tampa Bay area, it is very important that you contact an experienced sex crimes attorney immediately. Our team of attorneys, investigators and experts are highly experienced in defending sex crimes and will begin building your defense today.

Contact us for a free analysis of your case at our local office located in Clearwater, Florida. Contact Powers Sellers & Finkelstein, PLC today at (727) 531-2926 to learn about your legal options if you have been accused of Possession of Child Pornography.  Start building your defense immediately!

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