Everything You Need To Know About California Pornography Law
In California, there are a variety of laws that define and regulate pornography. It is important for individuals to understand the legal implications of distributing or viewing pornographic material in the state. This article covers key elements of California’s pornography laws and what you should know if you are facing charges related to pornography.
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California Penal Code 311
Under California Penal Code 311, it is a crime to produce, distribute, or possess pornographic material. This includes materials depicting minors engaging in sexual activity. In addition to these offenses, it is illegal to distribute obscene material with the intent of arousing another’s sexual desires. What qualifies as “obscene” can be subjective and open to interpretation by a court.
Penal Code 311 loosely defines obscene as “matter, taken as a whole, that to the average person, applying contemporary statewide standards, appeals to the prurient interest….depicts or describes sexual conduct in a patently offensive way, and that…lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value.” According to the law, it is illegal to create, possess, distribute, or solicit material that goes beyond mere nudity, is deemed offensive by community standards, and evokes an inappropriate sexual interest or desire.
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Violating California Penal Code 311 is a misdemeanor that carries the following penalties:
- Up to 6 months in county jail
- Up to $10,000 fine
In addition to potential jail time and fines, the penalties can be far reaching into your personal and professional life. You may lose your current job and have difficulty finding steady employment after conviction. Additionally, your personal relationships could suffer.
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Additional Pornography Laws
California Penal Code Section 311.4 makes it illegal to knowingly distribute or advertise obscene material with the intent to seduce someone under the age of 18. This is a serious felony that carries harsh penalties. If convicted, you could face up to 8 years in prison.
California also has laws that protect victims of revenge porn, or the non consensual distribution of sexually explicit images or videos. It is illegal to post or distribute explicit images without the permission of the person pictured. This is a misdemeanor that can result in jail time and fines. If convicted, you could face up to 6 months in jail and up to $1,000 fine.
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