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Scorned lovers be warned, posting revenge porn is a crime

Breaking up with someone you care for or even love can be incredibly difficult sometimes, especially if you're not ready to end the relationship. People often feel a range of emotions -- from anger to sadness -- that can interfere with a person's ability to think rationally. This can be problematic, as you can imagine, because it could mean that a person ends up doing something that they might regret later.

At first glance, you may be wondering why we've started today's post by talking about break ups. If you're like a lot of our Pleasanton readers, you might think this is an odd topic for a criminal defense blog. But there is a reason we're bringing up the subject of break ups today and it's because of revenge porn. If this is your first time hearing about this term, then we suggest you keep reading because it's something that could lead to criminal charges down the road.

Generally speaking, revenge porn is the term used to describe the distribution of explicit media of an individual without their consent. Explicit media can mean anything from a nude photo taken on a cellphone to a video of someone engaging in sexual activity. Here in California, under Section 647 of the California Penal Code, any person who chooses to distribute intimate images of another individual without their consent is considered to have committed a crime. Such an act is considered to be disorderly conduct, which is a misdemeanor here in our state.

If you are considering revenge porn as a way of getting back at an ex-partner, we hope that you will reconsider. As you probably already know, even a misdemeanor charge can cause problems for you later on. It's also worth noting that if California's own Congresswoman Jackie Speier is successful, federal legislation could get passed that would make revenge porn a federal crime. This would likely mean harsher punishments for those convicted of the crime and even more of a reason not to give in to your emotions and make the wrong choice.

Source: The Take Away, "Being a Woman Online: Rep. Jackie Speier's Plan to Combat Revenge Porn," Feb. 2, 2015

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