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New Jersey offers steep penalties for child porn convictions

Any and all charges related to child pornography are extremely serious. Because acts involving child pornography are considered acts of child exploitation, there are both federal and state laws aimed at convicting those connected to its production, distribution and possession.

And in New Jersey, if you are convicted of child pornography-related charges, you could face very harsh punishment. The following are among the stipulations contained in New Jersey law that can be applied for a child pornography conviction.

  • A lifetime of supervised parole.
  • For distribution of 25 or more images, first-time offenders receive a minimum sentence of five years, repeat offenders as much as 10 years.
  • Because of the No Early Release Act, it is required that convicted individuals serve a minimum of 85 percent of their prison sentence.
  • An extended prison sentence if convicted of a repeat offense of duplicating or allowing the duplication of child pornography.

Clearly, the stakes could not be higher if you are contending with child pornography charges. But often the ability for a prosecutor to get a conviction is hinged upon the quality of the evidence and the manner in which that evidence was obtained. No matter how aggressively the prosecution may work for a conviction, you have rights and if those rights have been violated it could result in the case being dismissed.

Because a child pornography conviction can have such a profound impact on your life, it would be wise to obtain the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney if you are facing charges or you suspect charges may be pending. Just the suspected involvement with these materials can irreparably damage your reputation and could lead to severe family strife and even the loss of employment. But an attorney can investigate the facts of your arrest and provide you with a defense that could help you steer clear of prison and minimize the harm caused by the accusations.

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