What are federal child porn laws affecting Maryland?

What are federal child porn laws affecting Maryland?

Child pornography can be filed as a federal crime with significant consequences.
This is also crime that usually garners media attention and can quickly
damage someone’s reputation — even if that person has not
been found guilty. Below is some information on this federal charge:

While the First Amendment covers free speech, child pornography images
are not protected under the Constitution. The definition of child pornography
according to section 2256 of Title 18 of the United States Code is “any
visual depiction of sexually explicit conduct involving a minor (someone
under 18 years of age).”

Federal law considers a visual depiction:

— Photographs

— Videos

— Computer generated or digital images that not distinguishable from
an actual minor child

— Images that are created, modified or adapted but show what appears
to be an identifiable minor

— Electronic data, undeveloped video tapes or film that can be developed
to show an image of child pornography

It should be noted that a charge for
child pornography can occur even if a minor is not engaged in sexual activity. Sexually
suggestive images may result in a charge for child pornography.

It is against federal law to produce, distribute, receive or possess child
pornography. In addition, a minor may not be persuaded, induced, enticed
or coerced into engaging in sexual conduct in order to produce images
of that activity.

There are many other types of child pornography charges, such as a parent
of a child selling, buying or transferring custody for the purpose of
the child being used in images of child pornography. It is important to
remember that in the U.S., a person facing criminal charges is innocent
unless found guilty by a judge or jury — no matter what the crime may be.

Presenting a solid defense against child pornography is essential and an
experienced Baltimore criminal defense attorney can provide more information
on how to create such a defense.

Source: U.S. Department of Justice, “Citizen’s Guide to U.S. Federal Law on Child Pornography” accessed Feb. 03, 2015