Charges for exposing a minor to pornography in the state of Utah are serious and, if convicted, it can change a person’s life forever; particularly if you are in the middle of a child custody battle.
Having the right lawyer behind you when facing exposing a minor to pornography charges in Utah is extremely important. Our team of skilled criminal defense attorneys may be able to help you retain your freedom. Contact our law firm for a free consultation by calling or submitting the online form.
Exposing a Minor to Pornography Laws in Utah
Exposing a minor to pornography may be considered illegal per Utah code, Title 76, Chapter 10 section 1206 part 12 titled “Dealing in Material Harmful to a Minor, it states “Distributing (providing or transferring possession), exhibiting (showing), or allowing immediate access to material harmful to a child or any other conduct constituting an offense.”
The definition of exposing is broad. It defines giving, displaying or openly viewing the pornographic material in front of or to a minor as exposing. Leaving pornographic material on a computer may also constitute as exposing.
Consequences of Dealing in Material Harmful to a Minor in Utah
A person that has dealt material harmful to a minor must pay a minimum of $1,000, plus $10 for every item displayed. This doesn’t include court costs and other fees. A jail sentence of no less than 14 days may also accompany the conviction. This is considered a third-degree felony. Each additional offense is considered a Class A misdemeanor when the minor is 16-17 years of age. It becomes a Class B misdemeanor if the person is younger than 16.
If you have been previously convicted of exposing a minor to pornography, you will be charged a minimum of $5,000, plus the $10 per article. A secondary conviction is deemed a second-degree felony. You may also spend no less than one year in jail.
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