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Pornography Charges in Minnesota

Even people accused of the most heinous crimes deserve to be represented by a compassionate, diligent criminal defense attorney. If you’re feeling buried under accusations, don’t give up—contact our law firm to discuss your options.

When most people hear the words “pornography charges,” they don’t need to hear anything else—they’re ready to condemn the accused. Unfortunately, the tendency toward swift judgment also extends to people inside the legal justice system.

As a result, some people who are charged with pornography crimes don’t always receive fair consideration during their trial. That’s why it’s essential to remember that not everyone who is charged with pornography crimes is actually guilty of committing them.

At Toepfer at Law, we fight hard for each of our clients because everyone deserves a robust defense. If you or a loved one have been charged with pornography crimes, it’s important to seek out an experienced criminal defense lawyer as quickly as you can. The sooner you hire a reputable attorney, the sooner they can begin building your case and clearing your name.

Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about pornography charges in Minnesota and how to defend yourself against them.

If you’re facing pornography charges in Minnesota, you may feel too defeated to fight back. Remember: You don’t have to navigate the legal system alone. Give us a call at (320) 497-4416 to speak to a legal professional about your options.


What Are Pornography Charges in Minnesota?

There are several different types of pornography crimes in Minnesota, and unfortunately, they all involve minors to some extent. However, that doesn’t mean that all of the pornographic content involved in these offenses is child pornography.

Sharing Pornography with Minors

Both disseminating (selling) and displaying adult porn to minors is illegal under Minnesota law. This could include any pictures, books, films or other materials that contain sexually explicit conduct, nudity or sadomasochistic abuse that may be considered harmful to minors. Even though the pornography is legal for adults to view, it is considered a crime to share with underage consumers.

Child Pornography Charges

The other main type of pornography charge involves child pornography. According to Minnesota Statute 617.246, child pornography is any depiction—whether in photographs, video or any other form of expression—of a minor engaging in sexual behavior.

If you are accused of a child pornography crime, there are three different charges you might face: possession, distribution or production of child pornography. If convicted of a child pornography crime, the severity of your sentence will depend on which specific charge you were found guilty of committing and to what extent.

Penalties for Pornography Charges

If convicted of displaying adult pornography to minors, you will likely be charged with a misdemeanor and may be required to pay a fine up to $1,000. If convicted of disseminating adult porn to minors, you may be charged with a gross misdemeanor, sentenced to up to one year in prison and fined up to $3,000. The criminal penalties related to child pornography are much more severe than punishments for sharing pornography with minors. Here are the punishments associated with each type of child pornography crime:

  • Possession of child pornography. If convicted of possessing child pornography, you could face up to five years in prison and a maximum fine of $5,000 for the first offense, 10 years and a $10,000 fine for the second or subsequent offenses and potentially five to 10 years of conditional release following prison.
  • Distribution of child pornography. If convicted of distributing child pornography, you could face up to seven years in prison and a $10,000 fine for the first offense, up to 15 years and a $20,000 fine for the second or subsequent offense and potentially a mandated mental exam that requires a report as to whether treatment is needed.
  • Production of child pornography. If convicted of using a child in the production of pornography, you could serve up to 10 years in prison and pay a $20,000 fine for the first offense and $40,000 for the second offense. After prison, you will be subject to conditional release for five years, unless you had a prior sexual or child pornography conviction, in which case conditional release is increased to 10 years.

In addition to criminal penalties, people convicted of pornography charges involving minors or child pornography crimes may be required to join the sex offender registry. Being a registered sex offender not only affects your reputation but also where you live and work.

Defending Yourself Against Pornography Charges

If you’ve been charged with a pornography crime, you shouldn’t hire just any lawyer—you need an experienced criminal defense attorney with a proven track record. That’s because the general public, law enforcement and the courts take pornography charges extremely seriously and have no qualms about aggressively going after first-time offenders.

At Toepfer at Law, we know that being accused of a pornography crime is embarrassing and can cause you to withdraw from others in despair. Just remember: You aren’t convicted yet. Let us help you fight your way into a better tomorrow. Give us a call at (320) 497-4416 to get started.

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