What Is Child Pornography?

Child pornography is sexual depictions of a minor. It is a serious crime to create, share, advertise, or possess child pornography in Irvine and carries hefty legal and personal consequences. You could also encounter federal charges for child pornography, especially if your case involved the internet, multiple states, or numerous victims.  

In addition to legal penalties, people may judge you and even refuse to associate with you due to these allegations. However, our dedicated team is here to help you! We’ve created a judgment-free environment where you can tell your side of the story. We’ve helped numerous individuals blindsided by false child pornography accusations in Irvine. If you or a loved one are in a similar situation, consult with our sex crime attorneys immediately. Call us today at (949) 776-3424 for a free legal consultation! 

Irvine Child Pornography Charges

There are a variety of charges that you could face for child pornography in Irvine. Child pornography includes the following crimes under California Penal Code 311:

Child Pornography Penalties | Consequences of Conviction

The prosecution can file a charge for each explicit image or video involving a minor. If convicted, the court can sentence you to decades behind bars depending on the allegations against you. While a few are misdemeanors, most sex crimes involving minors will result in a felony. So you should prepare to fight a felony conviction, which begins with hiring a skilled defense lawyer from Wallin & Klarich! We can help you fight a child pornography conviction and the resulting penalties.  

Penalties for Possession of Child Pornography


  • One year in jail 
  • $2,500 fine


  • Three years in prison
  • $10,000 fine 

Penalties for Distribution of Child Pornography


  • One year in jail 
  • $2,000 fine


  • Six years in prison 
  • $100,000 fine 

Penalties For Intent to Distribute Child Pornography to a Minor


  • One year in jail
  • $1,000 fine


  • Three years in prison 
  • $10,000 fine 

Sex Offender Registration

Child pornography carries mandatory sex offender registration in California. However, you may no longer have to register for the rest of your life. The court places you on the new tiered registry based on your criminal history and the circumstances of your case. Your tier determines how long registration is required. California sex offenders have to adhere to strict rules. They must report to local authorities within five days of moving and birthday. Failure to do so can result in a felony under PC 290, which carries three years in prison. 

Professional and Personal Consequences 

A child pornography conviction could define the rest of your life. In addition to prison time, you face sex offender registration, which has the potential to destroy your current and future relationships. Moreover, it is difficult to find a job with a child pornography conviction. It’s difficult to rebuild everything a wrongful conviction steals from you. 

At Wallin & Klarich, we want to help you avoid all this. We understand the battle you face. We’ll fight to protect your rights from beginning to end. With over 40 years of experience, we have refined our legal skills and knowledge, specializing in child pornography defense. If you’re concerned about the cost of hiring an attorney, you no longer have to worry. Wallin & Klarich offers payment plans to make hiring one of our knowledgeable lawyers affordable for you. Call us today to consult with our Irvine child pornography defense lawyers.

How We Can Help You | Defense Strategies For PC 311

With over 40 years of experience, we’ve helped many clients avoid wrongful convictions and years of prison time. Don’t give in to anyone pressuring you to plead guilty to child pornography. Instead, let our skilled attorneys examine your case and determine the best possible legal routes for you. First, we’ll listen to your story and gather all the facts. Then, we’ll construct the best argument to present for negotiations with the prosecutor and during the trial. Our approach improves the likelihood of defeating child pornography charges. The following are some of the best defense strategies to defeating a child pornography charge in Irvine: 

Lack of Knowledge:

The prosecution must demonstrate that you knowingly possessed child pornography for a possession conviction. If you received and downloaded an unknown file, we may be able to argue this defense in your case.  

For example, you receive an email that states you’ve won something and click on the link. After clicking on the link, explicit pictures pop up. You delete the file and think all the images are gone, but someone comes across the file and reports you to the police a few months later. The police search your computer and find the images. 

Your Wallin & Klarich attorney will argue that your lack of knowledge justifies a dismissal. We can call experts who can testify about digital downloads and how easy it is to get a virus.

Age of the Minor:

This defense can work if there’s no clear evidence of the alleged victim’s age, or if the alleged victim’s age is unknown. In some cases, child pornography charges aren’t warranted because the person depicted is over 18. We’ll challenge the prosecution to present evidence of the victim’s actual age. With the right defense attorney, you may be able to get your child pornography case dismissed on these grounds. 

Unlawful Search & Seizure:

The US Constitution protects you from unlawful search and seizure in all states, including California. If the police barge into your home or workplace to search, they must

 have a legal warrant or probable cause. If they can not demonstrate probable cause or produce a valid warrant, we will ask the court to suppress evidence obtained from the search under California Penal Code 1538.5.

If successful, our motion could lead to a dismissal. You could walk away free to rebuild your life. If you believe law enforcement violated your rights, call Wallin & Klarich today! 

Lack Of Clear Possession:

The prosecutor must prove you knowingly owned or possessed the explicit images or videos.  If the prosecutor cannot prove this, your case may be dismissed. For example, the police search your home and find videos of child pornography on your computer. The computer is registered to you, but you share the home with someone who uses the computer.  

Your Wallin & Klarich attorney can argue that someone else could have downloaded the images or videos. We could also bring in a digital expert to examine the evidence and testify on your behalf. This defense is most effective when evidence is found in a shared area or on a shared device. 

Our expert sex crime attorneys can build an effective defense based on the allegations against you. Call Wallin & Klarich today and get expert advice from a seasoned child pornography defense lawyer. 

Choosing A Top Defense Attorney | We’ll Fight For You

With so many defense lawyers competing for your attention, it’s easy to get overwhelmed or choose the wrong one. When you choose a sex crime attorney, you need to evaluate what they can do for you. Do they have experience and a solid track record? Are your best interests their priority? Don’t just take their word for it. Consider how they make you feel as well. Wallin & Klarich has years of experience fighting legal battles and working with clients accused of child pornography. It’s easy for us to articulate what we bring to the table that separates us from other defense firms. We are known for the following characteristics:

  1. Trusted Legal Advocates
  2. Exceptional Negotiators
  3. 40+ Years of Practice 
  4. Specialized Legal Expertise 

Trusted Legal Advocates | The Wallin & Klarich Difference

You need to be able to trust your sex crime attorney. It’s bad enough you have to worry about the prosecution without having to wonder about your defense team. With Wallin & Klarich, you never have to question our loyalty. You’ll always receive one-on-one attention and genuine care when you visit our office. We are here for you when you need us, and we’re always prepared to fight for your best interests.

Exceptional Negotiators | 40+ Years of Success

You need a child pornography defense lawyer who understands the best way to negotiate inside and outside of court. We’ve honed our negotiation skills during our 40+ years of practice, and we continue to strive for excellence. Find out how our expert negotiators can help you defeat child pornography charges in Irvine, CA. Contact us today toll-free at (877) 4-NO-JAIL or (949) 776-3424 for a free consultation with a local sex crimes defense attorney that you can trust!

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