Child Pornography Penalties in New Jersey

New Jersey Sex Crime Lawyer – Anthony N. Palumbo

Ever since the onset of the internet, there has been a tidal wave of child pornography offenses.  The privacy offered by the internet has made it easy for people to quietly view child pornography.  Both federal and state police have made increasing efforts to safeguard children from internet predators and prevent individuals from obtaining child pornography online.  Penalties of possession of child pornography, distribution of child pornography are very stern and often include time spent in jail, heavy fines, and registration as a sex offender for life under New Jersey’s Megan’s Law.

Penalties for possession of child pornography carry up to 18 months in prison and $10,000 in fines.  In order to be convicted of possession of child pornography, you must knowingly possess or look at an image, film or photograph that shows a child in a prohibited sexual act or simulated act, including Internet viewing.  Penalties for distribution a much more serious and carry a prison term of 5 to 10 years plus $250,000 in fines.  In order to be convicted of distribution of child pornography, it must be proved a person received for the purpose of selling or played any kind of role in the transmission of a photograph, film, videotape, computer program or file, video game or any other reproduction or reconstruction that shows a child engaging in a prohibited sexual act or in the simulation of such an act.