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Los Angeles Revenge Porn/Nonconsensual Pornography Lawyers

For a long time, posting revealing images or videos of a person without their consent was not considered illegal in Los Angeles. However, the laws of California have finally been updated to deal with this new online trend. The new laws are somewhat vaguely worded, so it is important to understand how California defines and penalizes revenge porn.

How Does California Define Revenge Porn?
Revenge porn in Los Angeles falls under a general category of laws against cyberexploitation and privacy invasions. According to Senate Bill 255, revenge porn occurs when someone records an explicit image of an identifiable person and distributes the image without their consent in order to cause emotional distress. Even if both parties consented to taking the picture, it is considered revenge porn if the two people originally had an understanding that the distributed image was supposed to remain private. If there are multiple people in the image, it is still revenge porn as long as one of the people did not consent to distribution. The legal definition of revenge porn also requires that the pictures are posted with the intent to cause emotional distress and subsequently does result in distress. An explicit image is defined as anything that shows genitalia or breasts below the areola, even if the intimate areas are just visible through sheer fabric.

What Are the Penalties For Being Convicted of This Crime?
The California laws against revenge porn categorize it as a form of disorderly conduct. Therefore, if you are convicted of revenge porn in Los Angeles, you will be charged with a misdemeanor. This can result in imprisonment for up to six months, and a possible fine of up to $1000. The penalties are somewhat more severe if you are a repeated offender or if the victim in the case was a minor during the time they were photographed. These circumstances can result in a maximum of one year in jail and a maximum fine of up to $2,000.

What Should You Do If You Are Charged With This Crime?
If you are facing a charge of revenge porn, keep in mind that this crime is somewhat difficult to prove. In order to successfully convict you, the prosecutor has to show that you knew posting the image would cause harm and the victim did face some sort of distress from the image. A conviction also relies on proof that the image is explicit and that all involved parties consented to take the image under the condition that the image remain private. Since the legal definition of revenge porn is rather vague and involves many qualifying conditions, our law firm may be able to help you by showing that your situation does not fit the legal requirements for conviction.

What Can You Do If Someone Posts Revenge Porn of You?
Like any other crime, a lawyer is beneficial whether you are the potential perpetrator or victim. If you are facing harassment from someone who posted intimate images of you, a lawyer may help you to seek justice. Having a lawyer who is experienced in the field of non consensual pornography can help you to press charges against a person and potentially remove the damaging images from whatever website they were posted on.

If you or someone you know is involved in a case concerning revenge porn, our law firm can assist you in dealing with these new laws. With our experience of sex and internet crimes, we can help you to achieve the ideal outcome in the case that you are dealing with. Call us today to find out more about the ways we can provide you with legal consultation in Los Angeles.

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