Child Pornography Crimes and Penalties in Minnesota
There has been increased emphasis in recent years on combating sex trafficking, soliciting underage individuals for prostitution, and child pornography. In this day and age, the internet is often utilized during the commission of child pornography offenses, and such offenses are the focus of this blog.
Child pornography is a serious felony offense that can be charged at the state level or the federal level in Minnesota. There are various offenses related to child pornography including possession, distribution, and production. Both state and federal charges carry the risk of lengthy prison sentences, conditional release terms or predatory offender registration requirements.
Under Minnesota state law, a first time offense for possession of child pornography can carry a prison sentence of up to five years. A subsequent offense carries a maximum prison sentence of 10 years. Distribution and production of child pornography are punished even more harshly. The potential penalties in federal court can often be far more severe and can also involve unforgiving mandatory minimum sentences. Offenders can also face civil suits wherein victims seek to recover monetary damages.
As strange and unfair as it may seem, even teenagers who are consensually exchanging pictures or Snapchats with their similarly aged peers can be at risk of prosecution for offenses of this nature.
The severe potential consequences for these offenses is why it is of the utmost importance that you retain an aggressive, experienced criminal defense firm to insure that your rights are protected. Despite the serious potential consequences these charges carry, these cases are defendable and there are effective strategies and tactics that can be employed to defend against them. Attorneys John J. Leunig and Justin J. Duffy have vast experience handling child pornography cases and employ traditional, aggressive criminal defense methods and tactics to help their clients and, when warranted, the use of treatment professionals to obtain favorable results that allow their clients to move on with their lives.
If you or a loved one are facing charges for child pornography, or any other criminal offense, call the dedicated and experienced criminal defense attorneys at The Law Office of John J. Leunig, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at 952-540-6800 for a free consultation.