In Nevada, child pornography offenses are taken with utmost seriousness. Individuals found producing, promoting, or possessing sexual depictions of children face felony charges. The legal ramifications of such convictions are severe, including lengthy periods of jail time and mandatory registration as a Tier II sex offender—a status that is publicly accessible and lasts for 25 years. In this blog, we’ll discuss Nevada’s child pornography laws, specifically under NRS 200.710, to provide a clear and concise overview of what these charges entail and the potential consequences if convicted.

NRS 200.710 | What Are the Legal Consequences of Child Pornography Offenses Under Nevada Law?

How Child Pornography Legally Defined in Nevada?

Child Pornography, or as it is sometimes known, “kiddie porn,” in Nevada, encapsulates any depiction of sexual activity involving minors designed to sexually stimulate the viewer. This encompasses a broad range of activities including but not limited to:

  • Sexual acts,
  • Indecent exposure of private parts,
  • Oral sex,
  • Acts of bestiality,
  • Anal sex,
  • Excretory functions as part of the sexual content,
  • BDSM activities,
  • Self-pleasure acts, and
  • Utilization of objects for sexual penetration.

This content may manifest in various forms including photographs, video recordings, digital movies, theatrical performances, or any other visual art form that represents these activities.

As a crucial part of enforcement, the legal system in Nevada has established methodologies for determining if the depicted individuals are indeed minors. This process may involve:

  • Physical examinations of the depicted individual,
  • Evaluations of the contentious material,
  • Analysis by medical experts and testimonies by witnesses,
  • Employment of any lawful techniques deemed necessary for accurate age verification.

It’s essential to highlight that Nevada law strictly prohibits the possession, distribution, and production of child exploitation material. The state takes a firm stance against these illegal activities to protect minors and combat the distribution of such content.

What Are the Legal Consequences of Child Pornography Convictions in Nevada?

In Nevada, the legal ramifications of a conviction for child pornography offenses are severe and multifaceted. Individuals found guilty of such crimes face not only the prospect of imprisonment and significant fines but also mandatory registration as a sex offender. The severity of penalties varies depending on the specific nature of the offense, including production, advertising, possession, or accessing child pornography via the internet.

1. Production and Promotion Involving Minors
Under Nevada’s Revised Statutes (NRS) 200.710 and 200.720, willfully engaging in or facilitating the sexual depiction of minors in pornography is classified as a category A felony. The consequences include:

  • A potential life sentence in state custody,
  • Fines reaching up to $100,000.

For content involving individuals aged fourteen and above, parole eligibility commences after five years behind bars. If the subjects are younger than fourteen, this period extends to ten years. It’s critical to understand that these penalties apply regardless of whether the content was intended for personal use without distribution plans.

2. Distribution and Advertising
The act of advertising child pornography is considered a category B felony under NRS 200.725, which entails:

  • Imprisonment for one to fifteen years,
  • An optional fine not exceeding $15,000.

3. Possession Charges
Possession of child pornography, specifically content depicting children under sixteen, also constitutes a category B felony as per NRS 200.730. Initially, this offense can lead to:

  • One to six years in prison for a first offense.

For repeat offenses, the charge escalates to a category A felony, featuring:

  • A prison term ranging from one year to a life sentence with parole possibilities,
  • Potential fines up to $5,000.

However, an exception exists for law enforcement officials in possession of such materials for investigative or prosecutorial purposes.

4. Internet-Based Offenses
Intentionally using the internet to view child pornography involves minors under sixteen and is cataloged as a category C felony under NRS 200.727, with penalties that include:

  • One to ten years in prison for a first-time offense,
  • Potential for up to $10,000 in fines.

Subsequent offenses escalate to a category B felony, punishable by:

  • One to six years of imprisonment,
  • Optional fines up to $5,000.

Is Child Pornography a Deportable Offense?
Yes, possessing, distributing, or producing child pornography is classified as a deportable offense under U.S. law. Being considered a crime of moral turpitude, individuals, particularly non-U.S. citizens, convicted on such charges face serious immigration consequences, including the possibility of deportation.

How Can You Effectively Defend Yourself Against Child Pornography Charges?

Defending against child pornography charges in Nevada can be a daunting process, but with strategic legal defenses, it’s possible to challenge the accusations effectively.

Arguing Lack of Intent
A core principle of defending against child pornography charges is proving the absence of intent. In legal terms, if an individual did not knowingly engage in the promotion, advertising, or possession of child pornography, they maintain innocence.

For instance, consider Alex from Las Vegas, who unexpectedly receives a magazine containing child pornography in the mail, which he did not order. Promptly, Alex reports this incident to the police. Given that Alex had no knowledge of the magazine’s arrival and took immediate steps to alert the authorities, this scenario underscores a crucial defense: without conscious intent to acquire or possess child pornography, prosecuting such an individual would be unjust.

This defense hinges on the prosecution’s inability to conclusively demonstrate what the accused was thinking or planning, emphasizing that without clear, undeniable proof of intent, criminal charges lack foundation.

Questioning the Nature of the Material
Another pivotal defense involves disputing whether the material in question genuinely qualifies as child pornography. There exist instances where the content might not be inherently sexual but carries significant literary, artistic, political, or scientific value instead.

In such cases, the defense can introduce expert testimony to argue that the material resembles other content not classified as pornographic, hence falling outside the scope of Nevada’s child pornography statutes. This approach seeks to dismantle the prosecution’s claim by challenging the nature of the accused material, potentially leading to the dismissal of charges.

Can My Child Pornography Case Be Sealed in Nevada?

In Nevada, immediate sealing of your case is possible if it results in a dismissal, meaning no conviction was recorded. However, for those convicted of child pornography offenses, Nevada law prohibits the sealing of such records. This is crucial information for anyone involved in such cases, as it impacts future privacy and record clearance opportunities.

What Other Charges Could Arise from a Child Pornography Case?

In Nevada, being involved in a child pornography case can potentially lead to facing additional serious charges depending on the case specifics. Here’s a breakdown:

  • Lewdness Involving a Child Under 16 (NRS 201.230): Engaging in sexual acts with children under 16 is prosecutable, with penalties including a possible life sentence (parole eligibility after 10 years), mandatory sex offender registration, and fines up to $10,000.
  • Child Abuse (NRS 200.508): Inflicting physical or mental harm on a child is a punishable offense. The severity of penalties varies widely from fines to life imprisonment, based on the harm’s extent.
  • Statutory Sexual Seduction (NRS 200.368): It’s illegal in Nevada for an adult to engage in sexual acts with a teenager aged 14 or 15, provided there’s at least a four-year age difference, with the age of consent being 16. Conviction might result in up to ten years in prison and the requirement to register as a sex offender.

Being aware of these additional charges is crucial for individuals navigating the complexities of legal issues related to child pornography and related offenses.

For further legal assistance and to discuss your case with an expert, don’t hesitate to contact ATAC LAW.