How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask J D Haas Your Own Question

J D Haas
J D Haas, Lawyer
Category: Consumer Protection Law
Satisfied Customers: 2998
Experience:  23 years of litigation experience.
Type Your Consumer Protection Law Question Here...
J D Haas is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

Is viewing online pornography illegal I very seldom do it,

Resolved Question:

Is viewing online pornography illegal? I very seldom do it, but my buddies and I do once in a while, mainly for a good laugh! But, I have noticed that there are sections with teens, albeit I'm sure 18-19 year olds. But how do you know? do these websites have to adhere to certain restrictions? there are some sites where people can post their own pornographic videos, so how is age checked? I think it has gotten out of control with online pornography and i've decided that we'd be a lot better off without it! Thanks for the info!
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Consumer Protection Law
Expert:  J D Haas replied 6 years ago.
Viewing online pornography of adults is not illegal. Viewing pornographic images of children is a crime in many states. A person viewing this information does not know whether the sites scrupulously keep all images of minors off their sites.

I hope that I have helped you and that I have answered all of your questions. Please
ask more questions if I have not answered all of your questions.

Please be aware that my answer is not legal advice, it is merely information.
You and I have not entered into an attorney/client relationship, and I am not
responsible for your legal rights. The only way for us to be in an
attorney/client relationship is if you have signed a written retainer agreement
with my law firm.
J D Haas, Lawyer
Satisfied Customers: 2998
Experience: 23 years of litigation experience.
J D Haas and 8 other Consumer Protection Law Specialists are ready to help you
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Reply to J D Haas's Post: Thanks! I appreciate the answer, but just wanted clarify one thing. These sites are not required to adhere to certain guidelines when it comes to minors? I am sure I am like thousands of other adults, but I do NOT want to be viewing minors and breaking any law! Those people need to be incarcerated! Is there any reason to worry about this? The teen links may be "of age" adults, and being they are being posted by the individuals and do not need verification it seems like there's a loophole and it may all be legal actually. Thanks again for your response and I have now come to a conclusion that this is definitely not something for me! Much more important things in life!
Expert:  J D Haas replied 6 years ago.
They are required to take action to ensure that minors are not exploited; however, there are few guarantees that this exploitation does not occur. Those sites are subject to criminal prosecution, but it certainly is possible that minors are appearing in those sites. Criminal prosecutions in these situations is common, but it would be unrealistic to believe that the exploitation of children in some of these sites does not occur.

Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Reply to J D Haas's Post: So...being the paranoid one I am....is there any reason for my buddies and I to worry about getting into trouble if we have viewed these sites with teens in them? We are young...and at times dumb! Thanks for putting my mind at ease! This is not worth it!
Expert:  J D Haas replied 6 years ago.
The chances are extremely low that you and your friends will be prosecuted. First the authorities must prove that minors were used, secondly they would go after the site, and then they would have a nearly impossible task of going after everyone that viewed the site. It is extremely unlikely that you and your friends will be arrested. Good luck in your future.
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
So the chance is there? I was hoping it was zero being as we had no wrong intentions. Not sure my conscience can live with that possibility. I have a future and goals to achieve. Sorry to bother you again
Expert:  J D Haas replied 6 years ago.
The reason that I said it was a possibility is because I cannot control the events in the future. There is a chance that you will be hit by lightning--there is a chance that you would be charged with a crime relating to this. It is extremely unlikely, but the possibility, however remote, is present.
J D Haas, Lawyer
Satisfied Customers: 2998
Experience: 23 years of litigation experience.
J D Haas and 8 other Consumer Protection Law Specialists are ready to help you
Customer: replied 6 years ago.
Guess I'm just wondering what you would do? I/we had no idea how old these people could have been? And everything very well could be 100% legal. Is there any way to check the legality of a website? I NEED to get this resolved for my own personal state of mind. I have submitted payment again for your gracious help. I cannot thank you enough. One of life's lessons that's for sure.

JustAnswer in the News:

 
 
 
Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.
 
 
 

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • Mr. Kaplun clearly had an exceptional understanding of the issue and was able to explain it concisely. I would recommend JustAnswer to anyone. Great service that lives up to its promises! Gary B. Edmond, OK
< Last | Next >
  • Mr. Kaplun clearly had an exceptional understanding of the issue and was able to explain it concisely. I would recommend JustAnswer to anyone. Great service that lives up to its promises! Gary B. Edmond, OK
  • My Expert was fast and seemed to have the answer to my taser question at the tips of her fingers. Communication was excellent. I left feeling confident in her answer. Eric Redwood City, CA
  • I am very pleased with JustAnswer as a place to go for divorce or criminal law knowledge and insight. Michael Wichita, KS
  • PaulMJD helped me with questions I had regarding an urgent legal matter. His answers were excellent. Three H. Houston, TX
  • Anne was extremely helpful. Her information put me in the right direction for action that kept me legal, possible saving me a ton of money in the future. Thank you again, Anne!! Elaine Atlanta, GA
  • It worked great. I had the facts and I presented them to my ex-landlord and she folded and returned my deposit. The 50 bucks I spent with you solved my problem. Tony Apopka, FL
  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C. Freshfield, Liverpool, UK
 
 
 

Meet The Experts:

 
 
 
  • Infolawyer

    Lawyer

    Satisfied Customers:

    5518
    Licensed attorney helping individuals and businesses.
< Last | Next >
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/NY/nyclawyer/2012-6-7_22011_photo66139201112041.64x64.jpg Infolawyer's Avatar

    Infolawyer

    Lawyer

    Satisfied Customers:

    5518
    Licensed attorney helping individuals and businesses.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/RA/ratioscripta/2012-6-13_2955_foto3.64x64.jpg Ely's Avatar

    Ely

    Counselor at Law

    Satisfied Customers:

    2620
    Private practice with focus on family, criminal, PI, consumer protection, and business consultation.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/LA/lawpro/2012-6-25_171315_PT206740s.64x64.jpg Law Pro's Avatar

    Law Pro

    Lawyer

    Satisfied Customers:

    1711
    20 years experience in consumer advocacy, debt collection violations, contracts, construction
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/MU/multistatelaw/2011-11-27_173951_Tinaglamourshotworkglow102011.64x64.jpg Tina's Avatar

    Tina

    Lawyer

    Satisfied Customers:

    1415
    16 years legal experience including consumer protection law.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/FL/FLAandNYLawyer/2012-1-27_14349_3Fotolia25855429M.64x64.jpg FiveStarLaw's Avatar

    FiveStarLaw

    Lawyer

    Satisfied Customers:

    1160
    25 years of private practice
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/mnphillips2/2009-03-13_203105_10984459-249293407.jpeg Phillips Esq.'s Avatar

    Phillips Esq.

    Attorney-at-Law

    Satisfied Customers:

    1065
    B.A.; M.B.A.; J.D.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/BA/barristerinky/2012-6-10_22423_office.64x64.jpg Barrister's Avatar

    Barrister

    Lawyer

    Satisfied Customers:

    1023
    Attorney with 14 years experience in various consumer protection areas