Let's say there is an individual named John Doe who is 25 years old and resides in Ohio. John comes across a website that hosts explicit sexual content and decides to download several pornographic videos from the site. These videos contain graphic nudity and explicit sexual acts. Unbeknownst to John, his younger cousin, Jane Doe, who is 13 years old, often uses his computer when she visits his house. One day, Jane uses John’s computer and stumbles upon the downloaded pornographic videos. She becomes distressed and informs her parents about the content she found.
Jane’s parents report the incident to the authorities, who launch an investigation. During the investigation, it is discovered that John knowingly downloaded and stored the explicit videos on his computer. Prosecutors determine that the material is harmful to juveniles, given Jane’s age. Based on these circumstances, John could potentially be charged with Disseminating Material Harmful to Juveniles in Ohio.
As with any sexual related offense, especially one involving minors, hiring an attorney is crucial when facing a disseminating accusation. Depending on the severity of the offense and any prior criminal history, this type of conviction carries serious consequences, which could include fines, imprisonment, and the requirement to register as a sex offender. An attorney from Fortress Law Group will provide the legal expertise necessary in navigating the complex laws and procedures specific to your case, all while offering valuable emotional support throughout the legal proceedings.
In Ohio, Disseminating Material Harmful to Juveniles refers to the act of distributing or transmitting materials that are considered harmful to individuals under the age of 18. The Ohio Revised Code (Section 2907.31) defines and prohibits the distribution of such materials.
According to the law, material harmful to juveniles includes any obscene material or any material that is harmful to juveniles' development, regardless of whether it is obscene. Harmful material may include explicit sexual content, violence, graphic nudity, or other materials that are inappropriate or unsuitable for individuals under the age of 18.
In Ohio, the penalties for Disseminating Material Harmful to Juveniles can vary depending on the specific circumstances of the case, including the nature of the material, the intent of the person disseminating it, and the age of the individuals involved. The severity of the offense can range from a misdemeanor to a felony. Here is a general overview of potential penalties:
It's important to note that these penalties are general guidelines and can be subject to change. The specific penalties imposed in a particular case will depend on various factors, including the judge's discretion, the defendant's criminal history, and any aggravating or mitigating circumstances involved.
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Defense strategies for a charge of Disseminating Material Harmful to Juveniles in Ohio can vary depending on the specific details of the case. Here are some common defense strategies that our legal team has applied to previous cases with successful outcomes:
It's crucial to consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney who can thoroughly evaluate the details of your case and determine the most appropriate defense strategy. They can guide you through the legal process, gather evidence, interview witnesses, and present a strong defense on your behalf.
When it comes to handling your Ohio Disseminating Harmful Material to Juveniles case, Fortress Law Group has your back. With our expertise in Ohio sex crime laws and nuances, and a strong track record of success, Fortress Law Group is well-equipped to navigate the complexities of your case. Our personalized approach ensures that your defense strategy is tailored to your unique circumstances, while Fortress Law Group’s skilled negotiators and trial attorneys work tirelessly to protect your rights and achieve the best possible outcome. Beyond legal prowess, Fortress Law Group is committed to open and compassionate communication, understanding the emotional toll of sex crime charges. If you're seeking a dedicated and supportive legal team, look no further than Fortress Law Group for trusted representation in your Disseminating Harmful Material to Juveniles case.
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A sex crimes attorney with our firm, Fortress Law Group, can review your case and its evidence to determine if you had an alibi when the offense occurred and if the DNA evidence demonstrates that you weren’t present. If the case alleges the involvement of other potential suspects, we can review the likelihood that a known cohort of the other suspects might have been involved.
Sex crimes fall under three tiers in Ohio. Tier I is primarily for minor sex crimes, while Tiers II and III are for more serious offenses. Whichever tier a conviction falls under dictates when and how often a sex crimes convict will have to update their sex offender registration.
Common misdemeanor sex crimes include:
Common felony sex crimes include:
You may have your Ohio criminal defense attorney file an appeal after a conviction for a sex offense. If you feel that your defense attorney failed to represent you well in your case, contact us to have experienced sex crimes attorney Matthew C. Bangerter manage your appeal.
Be aware that you only have 30 days to file an appeal or an extension for an appeal to the court.
If you need a sex offenses attorney to represent you in Northeast Ohio, turn to our experienced team at Fortress Law Group, led by Attorney Matthew C. Bangerter. Since 2009, we’ve represented many people accused of sex offenses. Our strategy is to assess forensic evidence, look for witnesses, and secure an alibi to disprove the prosecution’s accusations. Call our offices in Cleveland Metro at (440) 340-1740 to schedule a case review.
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