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Overview of child pornography laws in New Jersey - Part I

Hundreds of law enforcement agencies throughout the country, both on the state and federal levels, devote large amounts of time and resources to policing crimes against children. Several agencies in New Jersey are among them, including the New Jersey State Police and some of the larger local police departments. Child pornography, in particular, is a major concern. Any New Jersey criminal defense attorney would probably be able to tell our readers that sex offenses against children are tough cases to beat.

But, what exactly constitutes child pornography? Most people know that pornography is widely available on the internet, but what is legal and what is illegal? In Part I of this series we will examine what New Jersey considers to be child pornography.

Any type of pornography that depicts one or more individuals under the age of 18 in a state of undress or engaged in some form of sexual contact will likely be considered to constitute child pornography. Possession of child pornography is a crime, no matter whether the illegal material is in actual, physical form, i.e. photographs or video recordings, or whether it is digital in nature and stored on a computer or internet server.

However, the most serious charges involving child pornography are those dealing with the sale or distribution of this material, as well as charges for actually producing it. New Jersey has some of the harshest child pornography laws in the country, and anyone facing these types of charges will likely discover very quickly how hard it can be to put together a sound criminal defense strategy.

Source:, "New Jersey Child Pornography Laws," accessed on Feb. 7, 2015

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