Transmission of Material That Is Harmful to Minors

In the age of the internet, there are unlimited opportunities to connect with other people. Unfortunately, there are times when people abuse that privilege and use the internet to hurt others. One way in which the internet is abused is by those sending harmful materials to minors. These unprecedented actions can afflict long-term damage to children.

In the past, some people have been wrongfully accused of the transmission of harmful material to minors. When that happens, hiring a credible criminal defense attorney is the best course of action. If you or someone you know has been charged with a serious crime such as the transmission of harmful materials or any sex crime involving minors, don’t waste any time finding an attorney who can help you navigate the criminal process and build a viable defense strategy for your case. Turn to the Umansky Law Firm for personal attention and an aggressive approach to criminal defense.

What is Considered Material That’s Harmful to Minors?

The prohibition on the transmission of harmful material to minors is a law that exists in almost every state. According to the law, any individual under 17 years old is considered a minor. Materials that are harmful to minors can include:

  • Pornography
  • Any obscene material
  • Extremely violent material
  • Any other material that is intended to bring them harm

Harmful material does not have to be images or videos. It can also be words, data, or other materials. It can be difficult to categorize materials that are harmful to minors because such materials might not be harmful to adults. Therefore, many people argue that they did not know the material was harmful when they’re facing these charges.

Penalties for Transmission of Harmful Materials in Florida

If the court can prove those two factors, the individual could face penalties for a third-degree felony offense. These penalties include:

  • Up to $5,000 in fines
  • Up to 5 years in prison
  • Up to 5 years probation

Possibly the worst penalty for the transmission of harmful materials to a minor is having to register as a sex offender. In Florida, registered sex offenders must register their address with the state and adhere to regulations regarding their residence, employment, and other everyday activities. Furthermore, any person who faces multiple counts of this charge or has been charged multiple times can potentially face more severe penalties. In such a situation, an experienced criminal defense attorney is your best chance at mitigating charges and reducing the penalties you could face upon a conviction.

Effective Defense Strategies for Transmission of Harmful Materials Charges

To convict a person of transmission of harmful materials, the prosecution must be able to prove that they:

  • Knew the recipient of the materials was a minor
  • Knowingly and purposefully transmitted the materials directly to the minor via an electronic means of communication (email, text message, instant messenger, etc.)

There are multiple defense strategies that can be used to disprove these two factors. The most knowledgeable criminal defense attorneys in Florida understand how to take the details surrounding a case and create a viable defense. Some of the most common defense strategies include:

  • They did not send the materials
  • Entrapment
  • Unlawful search and seizure

At The Umansky Law Firm, we have experience creating viable defense strategies and take the time to get to know each of our clients to create the best defense for their cases.

Hire a Successful Orlando Criminal Defense Attorney

If you live in or around Orlando and are facing charges for transmission of material that’s considered harmful to minors, don’t waste any time before you hire a criminal defense attorney. At The Umansky Law Firm, we have more than 100 years of experience defending individuals across Central Florida. During our time as top-tier attorneys, we have won cases for thousands of people and want to help you too. As former prosecutors, we bring a unique point of view to every case and that knowledge helps us create viable defense strategies that win. Our attorneys are highly rated on Avvo.com and are named among Florida’s Legal Elite.

Don’t let your future be defined by a single mistake. To schedule a free consultation, call 407-228-3838 or contact us online today.