Transmitting Child Pornography

People caught with child pornography are largely demonized and stigmatized in our society. The American court system is equally unforgiving towards those who transmit child pornography. The punishments can be extremely severe.

If you are facing felony charges for transmitting child pornography it is in your best interest to contact an experienced criminal defense attorney. The consequences for a failed defense can be dire.

Lawyer for Transmitting Child Pornography Charges in Broward County, FL

If you think that you might be under investigation or you were already arrested for allegedly transmitting child pornography in Broward County, it is in your best interest to retain legal counsel. Meltzer & Bell aggressively defends clients accused of transmission of child pornography in Hallandale Beach, Hollywood, Margate, Coconut Creek, Coral Springs, Davie, Deerfield Beach, Fort Lauderdale, and many surrounding areas of South Florida.

Fort Lauderdale criminal defense attorneys Lawrence Meltzer and Steven Bell will work tirelessly to help you achieve the most favorable possible resolution to your case, including possibly having your criminal charges reduced or dismissed.

Call (954) 745-7457 right now to have our lawyers provide an honest and thorough evaluation of your case during a free initial consultation.


Florida Transmitting Child Pornography Charges Information Center


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What is Transmission of Child Pornography?

Transmission of child pornography is a very specific crime under Florida law. The crime also has a broader meaning than most people may imagine. First, to be clear, child pornography means any image depicting a minor engaged in sexual conduct.

Next we define sexual conduct as actual, simulated sexual intercourse, masturbation, sadomasochistic abuse, actual lewd exhibition of the genitals, actual physical contact with a person’s clothed or unclothed genitals, pubic area, or breasts with the intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desire of either party; or any act or conduct which constitutes sexual battery or simulates that sexual battery is being or will be committed.

Finally, transmission is defined by law as the act of sending and causing to be delivered any image, information, or data from one or more persons or places to one or more other persons or places through any medium including the internet, by use of any electronic equipment or device.

Essentially, if you send and deliver an image, which includes video, through any electronic means, of a person under the age of 18 who is doing anything sexual or even just showing their genitals in a lewd way, you are committing the crime of transmission of child pornography.


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Transmission of Child Pornography Penalties

Transmission of child pornography is a felony offense in the state of Florida. A felony on your record is no laughing matter. The punishment for a felony can be even uglier. Specifically, transmission of child pornography is a third degree felony with the following penalties:

  • Up to 5 years in prison.
  • Up to $5,000 fine.

The Florida statute on transmission of child pornography makes one thing very clear though;  just because a person is prosecuted for transmission of child pornography, it does not mean they cannot also be prosecuted for other child pornography related crimes that may have an even heavier consequences.


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Broward County Transmission of Child Pornography Resources

Transmission of Child Pornography Statute – This link will take you to the official site of the Florida Legislature. If you follow the link you will see the exact wording of the transmission of child pornography statute. The section is fairly short but provides links to other relevant code sections.

Obscenity Definitions – One of the few things that the First Amendment does not protect is obscenity. Following this link will take you to the state’s definitions on obscenity related terms. You will also find definitions for some of the terms discussed above such as sadomasochistic abuse.


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Transmission of Child Pornography Attorney in Geolocation

Were you arrested or do you believe that you could be under investigation for transmission of child pornography in South Florida? No matter how confident you are in your innocence, you should not say anything to authorities until you have first contacted Meltzer & Bell.

Lawrence Meltzer and Steven Bell are experienced criminal defense lawyers in Fort Lauderdale who represents individuals in communities all over Broward County, including Hollywood, Tamarac, Weston, and Wilton Manors, Miramar, Pembroke Pines, Plantation, Pompano Beach, Sunrise, and many others.

You can have our attorneys review your case and answer all of your legal questions when you call (954) 745-7457 or complete an online contact form to schedule a free, confidential consultation.


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