In Arizona, possessing child pornography is covered under ARS § 13-3553, sexual exploitation of a minor. Under § 13-3553, a person commits sexual exploitation by knowingly:
- Recording, filming, photographing, developing, or duplicating any type of visual depiction of a minor engaging in sexual poses or sexual conduct.
- Distributing, transporting, exhibiting, receiving, selling, purchasing, possessing, exchanging, or electronically transmitting any visual depiction of a minor engaged in sexual poses or sexual conduct.
Sexual exploitation of a minor is a Class 2 felony offense if the minor is under the age of 15, punishable pursuant to Section 13-705. If you have been charged with sexual exploitation of a minor (child pornography) in Arizona, you face 10 to 24 years imprisonment per count under Section 13-705.
You can also be charged with a federal crime for possession of child pornography. Under Title 18, United States Code, Sections 2252A(a)(2)(A), (b)(1), (b)(2), and 2256 a person can be charged with shipping and transporting and affecting interstate and foreign commerce simply by using a computer to obtain or allow others to access child pornography. Our criminal defense team has handled these types of cases in both state and federal court and have obtained great results. It is important to have a team of attorneys who have argued in Superior and Federal Court on behalf of their clients and who will go above and beyond to fight for their client’s freedom.
When facing a charge that is considered a sex crime one of the biggest hurdles for clients is the fact that clients may have to register as a sex offender depending on the outcome of the case. These lifelong consequences can be detrimental.
Sex offender registration is required for individuals convicted of the following offenses:
- Unlawful imprisonment (victim under 18 years of age and defendant not the minor’s parents)
- Kidnapping (victim under 18 years of age and defendant not the minor’s parents)
- Sexual abuse (victim under 18 years of age or of a spouse)
- Child molestation
- Child prostitution
- Luring a minor
- Sexual exploitation
- Continuous and / or multiple sexual acts of abuse on children
- Unlawful age misrepresentation
Your life is on the line. Put your trust in someone who will fight for you and someone who is experienced in these types of matters.