A report by the U.S. Justice Department in 2010 noted that the spread of child pornography is outpacing efforts to combat it given the advancement of technology. Federal law defines child pornography as any visual depiction of sexually explicit conduct involving a minor, and possessing such images can subject you to both federal and state penalties.

Under U.S.C. § 2251 the possession, reception, distribution, or production of child pornography is punishable by severe penalties, including jail time and expensive fines.

California Penal Code 311.11(a) classifies possession of child pornography as a felony. A conviction of PC 311.11(a) can result in imprisonment for up to one year and fines of up to $2,500. But this punishment may in fact pale in comparison to the lifelong reputation you may never shake and the strong possibility of losing your livelihood.

Recently, an Orange County lawyer experienced this first hand, as his conviction for possessing child pornography led to his disbarment, rendering him unlicensed to practice law.

Orange County Lawyer Disbarred for Child Porn Conviction

Gary D. Grant (State Bar Case No. 09-C-12232) lost his license to practice after pleading guilty to one count of violating Penal Code Section 311.11(a) – felony possession of material depicting minors engaging in sexual conduct. The California Supreme Court deemed his possession of child pornography a felony that involved “moral turpitude.”

While the bar’s review department recommended a suspension for Grant rather than disbarment, Justice Carol A. Corrigan wrote that his guilty plea of knowingly possessing child pornography coupled with the fact that the crime constitutes moral turpitude, made disbarment necessary.

What is Moral Turpitude?

child porn conviction in Orange County and your job
A child porn conviction in Orange County can cost you your job.

An act or behavior that gravely violates the accepted moral standards of the community is considered moral turpitude. Such crimes directly contradict inherent societal norms that constitute basic standards of vileness or depravity. These include, but are not limited to felony convictions of:

  • Grand theft;
  • Forgery;
  • Perjury;
  • Fraud ;
  • Murder.

A conviction for any of the above mentioned crimes is considered “moral turpitude per se.”

Although Gary D. Grant was disbarred and has lost his ability to continue his legal career, do not let this discourage you. Many people who are accused of this crime do not end up being convicted of a violation of child pornography laws. When our clients retain Wallin & Klarich, we do everything legally possible to have the charges reduced or dismissed.

Do Not Let a Child Porn Conviction in Orange County Cost You Your Job

If you are accused of possessing child pornography in Orange County, it will have a major impact on your life. The attorneys at Wallin & Klarich have been successfully defending our clients accused of these crimes for over 30 years. Our experienced attorneys can help you obtain the best possible out come in your case.

With offices located in Orange County, San Bernardino, Los Angeles, Torrance, Riverside, West Covina, Victorville, Ventura, San Diego and Sherman Oaks, Wallin & Klarich has an established reputation of providing its clients with round-the-clock support in Southern California. Let us protect you.

Call us at (877) 4-NO-JAIL or (877) 466-5245 to discuss your case. We will be there when you call.

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