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Arizona Child Pornography Defense Lawyers

Fighting Sexual Exploitation of a Minor Charges in Tempe

In Arizona, child pornography offenses are pursued under the sexual exploitation of a minor law. They are serious crimes charged as felonies. Because they are considered sex crimes, a conviction results in a lengthy prison sentence and a sex offender registration requirement. The penalties can have adverse consequences on a person's life, severely limiting the opportunities available to them and affecting personal and professional relationships. If you've been accused of a child pornography offense, know that you may have legal options available to you, and pleading guilty may not be your only course of action. To learn how you can aggressively fight your charge, reach out to Oliverson & Huss Law PLLC today.

Throughout our over 40 years of combined experience, our Arizona child pornography defense lawyers have helped thousands of people in Tempe and the surrounding areas. We understand that facing a criminal charge can be frightening and stressful, which is why we deliver personalized guidance and sound counsel throughout the judicial process. When you turn to us, we will maintain open and honest communication and inform you of your case's progress. Responsive and knowledgeable attorneys, we will be ready to answer your questions and address your concerns thoroughly and promptly.

Discuss your case with us during a free consultation by calling (480) 351-2228 or submitting an online contact form today.

Defining Child Pornography Offenses

Under ARS 13-3553, a child pornography offense occurs when a person makes, distributes, or possesses a visual depiction of a minor engaged in "exploitive exhibition or other sexual conduct." A minor is defined as a person under 18 years of age. "Exploitive exhibition" means exposing the child’s genital or rectal areas for sexual gratification. Also, "sexual conduct" is any act involving sexual intercourse, vaginal or rectal penetration (by any object), bestiality, masturbation, sadomasochistic abuse, and defecation or urination for sexual pleasure.

Whether the visual depiction shows an actual or simulated sexual act with a child, creating or having it is illegal.

Specifically, the law prohibits a person from doing any of the following with a sexually explicit image involving a minor:

  • Recording
  • Filming
  • Photographing
  • Developing
  • Duplicating
  • Distributing
  • Transporting
  • Exhibiting
  • Receiving
  • Selling
  • Purchasing
  • Possessing
  • Electronically transmitting
  • Exchanging

The Conviction Penalties for Sexual Exploitation of a Minor

Generally, a child pornography offense is a class 2 felony. At this level, a conviction is penalized by anywhere from 2 to 12.5 years. The exact punishments the court imposes depends on the specifics of the circumstances.

If the child was under 15 years of age when the visual depiction was made, the sexual exploitation of a minor would be classified as a dangerous crime against a child.

In this case, the terms of incarceration increase substantially and are as follows:

  • First offense:
    • Minimum: 10 years
    • Presumptive: 17 years
    • Maximum: 24 years
  • If the defendant has a prior felony conviction:
    • Minimum: 21 years
    • Presumptive: 28 years
    • Maximum: 35 years

Get a Former Prosecutor and a Former Judge on Your Side

At Oliverson & Huss Law PLLC, our child pornography defense attorneys in Arizona recognize the seriousness of these types of charges. We also know that an allegation does not mean you are guilty, and charges can arise from false accusations. That is why we will comb through every detail of your case to spot weaknesses in proof and build solid legal strategies. With two of our lawyers having experience as former prosecutors, and one having served as a former judge, we are aware of the tactics the other side uses to work toward obtaining a conviction, and we will use this knowledge to anticipate and counter the State's arguments in your case.

We are ready to defend you. Contact us at (480) 351-2228 today.

Why Oliverson & Huss

What you can expect when you hire our team. 
  • Over 40 Years of Collective Experience

    Over the length of their careers, the attorneys at Oliverson & Huss have helped thousands of people successfully fight their criminal charges.

  • Former Prosecutors & a Former Judge

    As former prosecutors, police officers and judges, our attorneys have experience on all sides of the law. This special insight allows them to better defend your case.

  • Highly Communicative & Responsive

    Our attorneys will work closely with you, diligently keeping you fully informed and updated on your case from beginning to end.

  • Team Approach to Your Case

    At Oliverson & Huss, you get access to three experienced attorneys who work together to achieve the best possible result for you.

The Power of a Team

When it comes to defending our clients, we believe two heads are better than one. When you hire us, you get a team of attorneys who will look at your case and offer their perspective in an effort to get you the best possible result.   

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