AI Child Sexually Abusive Material in Michigan

If you are accused of creating, possessing, viewing, or distributing AI-Generated Child Pornography, you need a strong defense against aggressive prosecutors in Michigan.

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In the rapidly evolving digital landscape, the advent of Artificial Intelligence (AI) has introduced complex legal challenges, particularly in the realm of AI-generated pornography. This emerging issue is especially pertinent when it involves images that appear to be child pornography or child sexually abusive material (CSAM). The Defense Team with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C., Michigan’s premier criminal defense law firm, is at the forefront of AI-Generated Child Pornography Defense. We are one of the few firms with experience specifically defending clients accused of manufacturing, possessing, viewing, and distributing these computer-generated images and videos.

AI technology’s capacity to generate or alter images presents a unique challenge for the legal system. AI-generated child pornography involves images created or modified by AI to depict minors in explicit situations, raising significant legal and ethical concerns. These images, while not involving real children, fall under existing laws against child pornography due to their content and the potential harm they represent.

Understanding the Charges: Possession, Manufacture, and Distribution

The law differentiates between possession, manufacture, and distribution of child pornography, with each category carrying its own set of penalties. Possession refers to knowingly having child pornographic material, whereas manufacture involves creating explicit images. Distribution involves sharing or disseminating these materials. When it comes to AI-generated content, the lines can blur, complicating the legal approach, but the penalties remain severe, underlining the necessity of informed legal defense.

What is Child Sexually Abusive Material in the context of AI-generated child pornography? It includes any depiction made or produced by electronic means, including an electronic visual image, computer-generated image, or sound recording appearing to include a child engaging in a sexual act.

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AI-Generated Child Sexually Abusive Material, Child Pornography, Charges and Penalties

Under Michigan law, possessing, viewing, creating, and manufacturing AI-generated child pornography is a felony punishable by years of imprisonment and probation. Here are the charges and penalties you need to know:

  • Manufacture of AI-generated child pornography – Anyone who produces, arranges for, makes, copies, reproduces, or finances a depiction constituting child sexually abusive material is guilty of a felony punishable by up to 20 years and a $100,000.00 fine.
  • Child Sexually Abusive Material – AI-generated prepubescent child, sadomasochistic abuse, or bestiality – Maximum of 25 years imprisonment and a $125,000.00 fine.
  • Child Sexually Abusive Material – AI-generated video or more than 100 images – Maximum of 25 years imprisonment and a $125,000.00 fine.
  • Distribution, Promotion, or Financing AI-Generated CSAM – Up to seven (7) years in prison and a fine of $50,000.00
  • Distribution, Promotion, or Financing AI-Generated Prepubescent CSAM (or involving sadomasochistic abuse or bestiality) – Up to 15 years in prison and a fine of $75,000.00
  • Possession, Seeking, or Accessing AI-Generated CSAM – Four (4) years in prison and up to a $10,000.00 fine
  • Possession, Seeking, or Accessing AI-Generated Prepubescent CSAM – 10 years in prison and up to a $50,000.00 fine

The Alarming Trend Among Youth and Students

A concerning trend has emerged among middle and high school students utilizing AI to create explicit images, sometimes of classmates. This behavior disrupts the educational environment and exposes these young individuals to serious legal repercussions. Students and parents must understand the gravity of these actions, which can lead to criminal charges with lasting, negative impacts on a young person’s life and future. The defense lawyers with LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. have extensive experience successfully protecting and representing minors and young adults facing CSAM charges involving classmates, siblings, dating relationships, and AI-generated images. A mistake or impulsive decision must not be allowed to determine a young person’s fate.

Facing charges related to AI-generated child pornography demands specialized legal expertise. At LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C., our team has the knowledge and experience to build a robust, aggressive defense to these charges and fight for dismissals, reductions in charges, and sentences without incarceration. We understand the intricacies of state and federal laws regarding digital and AI-generated content, ensuring a defense strategy that’s both comprehensive and tailored to the nuances of your case.

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What if the AI-generated images were based on a person over 18?

In the AI-generated child pornography statute, a defendant is not guilty if they created the image using the body of someone over 18. A defendant relying on this defense must notify the prosecutor within 15 days of arraignment or not less than 10 days before trial. If someone faces allegations involving AI-generated CSAM and the person depicted is really an adult, a proactive pre-charge criminal defense lawyer might be able to persuade the government not to charge their client or file a less severe charge. We have had notable success talking prosecutors out of charging certain crimes against our clients where the evidence is questionable. Many attorneys do not even engage in pre-charge efforts for their clients, which could save the client money, grief, and embarrassment.

Pre-Charge Representation for AI-Generated Child Pornography Allegations

If you are accused of creating, possessing, viewing, or distributing AI-generated child pornography, or are concerned about being under investigation, the importance of seeking pre-charge defense representation cannot be overstated. LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C., Michigan’s premier criminal defense law firm, offers the expertise and proactive defense strategy you need. Engaging our experienced defense lawyers at the earliest stage can be pivotal in protecting your rights and freedom. Our team is adept at navigating the complexities of these cases, working diligently with law enforcement and prosecutors to potentially prevent charges, preventing our client’s arrest, and taking preemptive measures to mitigate any forthcoming charges or sentences. The legal terrain of AI-generated content is fraught with uncertainties, making seasoned legal guidance essential. By choosing LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C., you ensure that a team committed to excellence and aggressive defense is on your side, ready to employ their extensive knowledge and resources to safeguard your future. Please don’t wait for the situation to escalate; call us right away to secure the defense you deserve.

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Choosing the best possible legal representation is crucial, particularly in cases involving cutting-edge technology and complex legal issues. Our firm’s commitment to providing compassionate, effective, and zealous defense stands unparalleled. We approach each case understanding that behind every charge lies an individual’s dignity and future at stake. Our track record with AI-generated child pornography defense speaks volumes about our capability to handle cases of this nature and defend our client’s rights with the utmost dedication and tenacity.

Whether you’re facing charges or concerned about potential allegations, LEWIS & DICKSTEIN, P.L.L.C. offers the expertise and support needed to tackle these challenges head-on! If you or someone you know needs guidance or representation, do not hesitate to contact us for a free, confidential consultation. Our team is ready to stand by your side and zealously protect and defend you!

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