Chicago Child Pornography Defense Lawyer – DuPage County, IL

If you have been charged, contacted by police, or have reason to believe you may be the subject of a child pornography investigation, you need to understand that being charged with possession, production or distribution of child pornography entails very serious state or federal felony criminal charges.

The earlier you contact a sex crime defense attorney the more likely it is that we can help you avoid the devastating consequences that result from a child pornography charge.

At Dolci & Weiland, our sex crime defense lawyers are rated Top 100 National Trial Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers Association. In addition to being nationally recognized as top criminal trial lawyers, Pat Weiland is the former 1st chair sex crime prosecutor in DuPage County. We know how the state prosecutes these cases, we know how to win at trial.

If convicted of a child pornography-related offense, nothing else in your life will matter. The decisions you make now will have a lasting impact on the rest of your life. Protect your future, call us today to get started.

What is Child Pornography?

Child pornography is any image(s) explicitly depicting children – any person under the age of 18 – in a sexual way.

According to (720 ILCS 5/11-20.1(a)(7)), in Illinois it is a crime to knowingly:

  • Download child pornography
  • Sell child pornography
  • Produce child pornography
  • Possess child pornography w/intent to disseminate
  • Solicit or entice a child to participate in pornography
  • As a legal guardian or parent of a child, either allow or force their participation in pornography

It is also a crime in Illinois to solicit, use, persuade, induce, entice or force a person under the age of 18 or a person who is severely or profoundly intellectually disabled to perform in child pornography.

The Illinois Statute concerning Child Porn is available online. Click here to open in a new window.

Penalties for Child Pornography-Related Offenses in Illinois

Any criminal charge relating to the possession, production or distribution of child pornography brings very serious felony criminal charges, in either state or federal court. Below is a list of charges by crime with corresponding penalties, as given by ILCS.

Class 3 Felony

Typically, possession of child porn is charged as a class 3 felony, which carries a minimum fine of $1,000, 2-5 years in Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) and a requirement of registering as a sex offender on the Illinois Sex Offender Registry for a period of natural life.

Class 2 Felony

Possession of child pornography can be charged as a class 2 felony if the pornography involves a person under the age of 13. A conviction could result in a prison sentence of 3-7 years, and a requirement of registering on the Illinois Sex Offender Registry for a period of natural life.

Class 1 Felony

Many factors can lead to a child porn-related offense being charged as a class 1 felony, but the main difference between class x felony charges and class 1 child pornography offenses is that class 1 felony child porn charges do not involve moving depictions (i.e. videos, movies, etc…). In Illinois, a class 1 felony is punishable by 4-15 years in IDOC, but child porn charges bought as class 1 felonies are sentenced to pay fines according to the class x felony fine schedule. Once again, lifetime registration is also required.

Class X Felony

Child pornography offenses charged as class x felonies mostly involve moving depictions (videos, movies, etc…) of a child engaged in sexual acts. Class x felony criminal charges are the highest classification of criminal charges short of 1st degree murder. Those convicted of class x felonies are subject to a prison sentence of 6-30 years and fines between $2,000-$100,000. Probation is not available as a sentencing option for this classification of offense; i.e., prison is mandatory. Lifetime registration on the Illinois Sex Offender Registry is also required.

Call a Top Chicago Child Pornography Defense Lawyer – DuPage County, IL

If you are facing charges relating to child porn in Chicago, DuPage County, or any other county in Northern Illinois, you are in for the fight of your life. If you lose this case, life as you know it will cease to exist. Do your research and we are confident you will not find any criminal defense attorneys more qualified to represent you than us. Plain and simple. (630) 261-9098.