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
- Internet pornography is punishable when it involves the advertising of
obscene items, exhibitions, or performances on a computer or device with
- Internet pornography is punishable when it involves the publication, production,
sale, or possession of obscene items using a computer or device with internet
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 §
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