Sex offenses with minors have severe consequences that may affect a person’s entire lifetime in the state of Maryland, and the penalties are very strict for those people. Maryland also have strict laws when it comes to the possession of child pornography and the distribution of child pornography, and if ever convicted, you could face penalties of actual prison and must pay massive fines.
Making or Sharing/Distributing of Child Pornography in Maryland
Maryland Criminal Law Section 11-207 states that a person is not allowed to:
- Knowingly allow a child to partake or be a subject in a visual representation that shows them being in involved sadomasochistic abuse or sexual conduct.
- Being convicted of this violation in the state of Maryland, the offender faces up to 10 years in prison and will receive a fine up to $25,000.
- Being the one to photograph or film the obscene act.
- Promoting or advertising pornography in an attempt to distribute it to others.
If being convicted of these child pornography violations in the state of Maryland, the offender faces double the penalties of the first violation, increasing of up to 20 years in prison and a fine of $50,000
Possession Of Child Pornography in Maryland
Whether a defendant is prosecuted in either state or federal law depends on the situation or severity of the offense. A person may not know they own or possess a film, a tape or a photograph, as stated by MD Code Section 11-208, thus if a person is convicted for misdemeanor, he could face a penalty of up to 5-years in prison and receive a fine of up to $2,500. However, if they’re convicted of a felony, both of the aforementioned penalties increase to 10-years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
It is possible to earn a case dismissal if the defendant accidentally posesses any visual representation and tried to get rid off or report the matter to the police in MD.
People who are convicted of any acts of child pornography will also face penalties such as probationary requirements – attending special education classes and therapy sessions, being house arrested, regularly reporting to a probation agent, completing a program known as the COMET program, having limited usage of the internet and finally being registered as a sex offender.
Being registered with the state of Maryland as a sex offender is a substantial penalty itself because this means you are legally responsible to do the following notify the sex offender registry authorities of: where you live, where you were convicted, and where you attend school or are employed. Being registered as a sex offender may also hurt relationships with family and friends, or any future potential relationships. It can also prevent, or make it harder to having a job or gaining education, and even purchasing a home. These are all penalties outside of any jail time you serve.
If you need a Maryland Child Pornography Lawyer to help you avoid the penalties of a Child Pornography case in MD, call us at 888-437-7747. Our Maryland Child Pornography Attorneys can help you fight the charge and try to avoid the penalties of a conviction. The primary lawyer at the Law Offices Of SRIS, P.C. who defends individuals charged with child pornography in Maryland has over 20 years of experience defending Maryland child pornography cases and six IT certifications. B