Most child pornography cases are taken federally, meaning that if you are charged at the state level for exploiting children, at some point the federal government will likely seek to prosecute you.

That’s in part because the penalties are much harsher in the federal system.

18 USC 2252A says that any person who knowingly mails, transports, or ships using any means or facility (which can include the internet) of interstate or foreign commerce or in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce by any means, including by computer, any child pornography… including knowingly receives or distributing child pornography or knowingly reproduces any child pornography or advertises, promotes, presents, distributes or solicits through the mails an obscene visual depiction of a minor engaging in explicit conduct or a visual depiction of an actual minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct… shall be punished by an imprisonment of 5 and 40 years, depending on the seriousness of the facts and the conduct.

Given the expansiveness of the law, these are very difficult cases, requiring an aggressive lawyer.

Damon Chetson - 1008 posts

Damon Chetson is a Board Certified Specialist in State and Federal Criminal Law. He represents people charged with serious and minor offenses in Raleigh, Wake County, and the Eastern District of North Carolina. Call (919) 352-9411.

Child Pornography, Cybercrimes, Federal Criminal Law