Richmond Internet Pornography Lawyer

When is it considered a crime?

In the Commonwealth of Virginia, Internet pornography is punishable when certain factors are present:

  • Internet pornography is punishable when it involves a minor or minors. See our page on child pornography to learn more about the laws and penalties associated with this crime.
  • Internet pornography is also punishable when using a computer to produce, promote, prepare, present, or participate in any obscene exhibition or performance.
  • Internet pornography is punishable when it involves the advertising of obscene items, exhibitions, or performances on a computer or device with internet connection.
  • Internet pornography is punishable when it involves the publication, production, sale, or possession of obscene items using a computer or device with internet connection..

Penalties Associated with Internet Pornography in Virginia

If found guilty, a first offense is a Class 1 misdemeanor punishable by up to 12 months in jail and a $2,500.00 fine, either or both. A second offense is a Class 6 felony punishable by 1 to 5 years' imprisonment and a fine of up to $2,500.00, either or both. This punishment will be in addition to any other punishment. If you have been accused of a crime related to Internet pornography, it is in your best interest to contact our skilled and knowledgeable Richmond sex crimes lawyers.

Richmond Criminal Attorneys Defending the Accused

When computers and the Internet became popular in the 1990's, the battle over Internet pornography began. It has been a long fight between opponents wanting to suppress porn on moral grounds and proponents who argue it is protected by free speech. The Supreme Court has ruled that obscenity — meaning anything that is offensive to one's morals — is not protected by the First Amendment. The issue arises again and again, however, as to what is obscene and what is not.

Both state and federal laws do agree that child pornography is obscene and therefore, punishable. Any computer used in connection with child pornography is subject to seizure by law enforcement. More information about the laws regarding Internet pornography can be found in the following sections in the Code of Virginia: § 18.2-376.1, § 18.2-10, § 18.2-11, § 18.2-374, § 18.2-375, § 18.2-376, and § 19.2-386.31.

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