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What are the Possible Consequences for Revenge Porn in California?

  • Published: August 10, 2020

Accused of Violating California Penal Code 647(j)(4)?

This crime is a relatively new one because of the advent of the internet and people videotaping each other and then putting it on the internet to punish the other person as revenge for some reason or another.

It’s going to take you taking video, and even if the person consented to the video, it’s simply going to be some sort of nudity or sex act going on.  Maybe it was your ex-boyfriend/ex-girlfriend and then you show that video to other people to try to get revenge against that person in some way.

Impact on Future Employment

Then you’re likely to be either cited or arrested for revenge porn under California Penal Code 647(j)(4) and have to go into court.  That’s one consequence — you get arrested and get a charge against you that’s sex-related which is horrible for your future employment.

The other things, and obviously being arrested in front of your friends, families, neighbors, at work, is something that you definitely don’t want.  So, that’s one consequence of revenge porn if the government, police and prosecutors can prove it.

Register as a Sex Offender & Protective Order

Another consequence is you get a crime on your record if you get convicted and you end up potentially having to register as a sex offender if the prosecutors try to make that part of your probation — assuming you get probation — for a particular revenge porn case, either in Los Angeles or the San Fernando Valley.

Also, they’re going to order you to stay away from the particular person, so they’re going to put what’s called a criminal protective order against you where you cannot talk to that person, call them or contact them in any way, especially by social media for the probationary period which is typically a three year period.

If it ends up being your significant other and you get a domestic violence charge they could also make it a ten year period that you cannot contact that particular person and when somebody ran you they’d see that you have a protective order against you, you have a criminal record with a conviction.

As you can see, any type of a conviction for revenge porn can have serious consequences against you.

Jail Time & Community Service

You can also be put in jail for a period of time, which I’ve seen in order to teach the person a lesson that sending out pornographic images or videos of another person is obviously something that the government, judges and prosecutors take very serious.

In addition to jail time, there can be other punishments such as community work, Cal Trans, community service — there’s a whole series of things that prosecutors can make you do.

Another big loss that I see judges imposing a lot in revenge porn-type cases is the inability to go on the internet or use social media. Because they figure somebody who is using the internet, their phone to commit such crimes, shouldn’t be trusted on the phone and may continue to violate the law.

In order to make it easier to catch the person, a lot of times a judge will order you during the probationary period not to go on the internet, even not to use a phone that has internet capability or a computer or a tablet.

So, there are a lot of different restrictions that can be put on you if you send out this revenge porn.  If you get a protective order while the case is pending and you violate that protective order, the court can throw you in custody while the case is pending with no bail if they choose, in order to protect the victim from you doing any other criminal activities related to them.

California Sex Crime Defense Lawyer

What I’ve seen, a lot of times these revenge porn cases are more than meets the eye and sometimes there’s another story to what’s going on and the other person is also to blame for what’s happened.

So, what I like to do is get the client in the office, have you give me the full story about what happened and then we’ll design a plan to deal with the criminal case.

Whether it be — if we have a complete defense — fighting it all the way, or if you have done something wrong, obviously trying to protect your rights and liberty.

Also, and everything that’s important to you by crafting a resolution that helps you move forward with your life and get out of the criminal justice system as fast as possible.

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