TN Sexual Exploitation Defense Lawyers

In the state of Tennessee, a sex crime, such as sexual exploitation of a minor, carries extremely serious consequences. If convicted, you could be facing a lengthy prison term, steep fines, and registration as a sex offender. As such, you will want a skilled and experienced attorney who has successfully defended sex crimes cases. If you have been charged with this crime, don't put the quality of your life in jeopardy, call the sex crimes attorneys at Baker Associates to see what they can do for you.

Sexual Exploitation of a Minor

T.C.A. § 39-17-1003 states that it is unlawful for any person to knowingly possess material that includes a minor engaged in sexual activity or simulated sexual activity that is patently offensive.

In such cases, a person possessing material that violates this statute may be charged in a separate count for each individual image, picture, drawing, photo, motion picture film, videocassette tape or other pictorial representation. Sexual exploitation of a minor is a Class D felony. However, if the number of individual materials or images in the defendant's possession depicting the exploitation is more than 50, then the offense becomes a Class C felony. If that number exceeds 100 then the offense is a Class B felony.

The prosecution in these cases is not required to prove the actual identity or age of the minor but the jury may consider title, text, visual representation, Internet history, physical development of the person depicted, expert medical testimony, expert computer forensic testimony, and any other relevant evidence, in determining whether the material or image otherwise represents or depicts that a participant is a minor.

Aggravated Sexual Exploitation of a Minor

T.C.A. § 39-17-1004 makes it unlawful for a person to knowingly promote, sell, distribute, transport, purchase or exchange material, or possess with the intent to promote, sell, distribute, transport, purchase or exchange material, that includes a minor engaged in sexual activity or simulated sexual activity that is patently offensive based upon standards in the community.

As above, a person may be charged in a separate count for each individual image, picture, drawing, photograph, motion picture film, videocassette tape, or other pictorial representation. Aggravated sexual exploitation is classified as either a Class C or B felony depending on the number of individual items that are sexually exploitative.

Especially Aggravated Sexual Exploitation of a Minor

According to T.C.A. § 39-17-1005, "especially aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor" occurs when a person knowingly promotes, employs, uses, assists, transports or permits a minor to participate in the performance of, or in the production of, acts or material that includes the minor engaging in sexual activity or simulated sexual activity that is patently offensive. Aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor is a Class B felony.

If you have been accused of sexual exploitation or aggravated or especially aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor in Tennessee, please consult with an experienced sex crime defense lawyer immediately. The stakes are too high to wait because, if convicted, you are looking at several years in prison, hefty monetary fines and the possibility of registering as a sex offender. These consequences could tarnish your reputation for life and make it extremely difficult to find employment in the future.

The experienced criminal defense attorneys at Baker Associates understand the seriousness of these charges and will work hard to build a strong defense that will yield the best possible result in your case. Call us today for a free, comprehensive and confidential consultation.


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Knox County
2126 First Tennessee Plaza
800 South Gay Street
Knoxville, Tennessee 37929

Phone: (865) 521-0001
Toll-free: (866) 853-2888

Sevier County
121 Court Avenue
Sevierville, Tennessee 37862

Phone: (865) 546-6000
Toll-free: (866) 853-2888

Washington County
300 East Main Street
Johnson City, Tennessee 37601

Tennessee Criminal Defense Lawyer Disclaimer: The sexual exploitation, sex offense, or other legal information presented at this site should not be construed to be formal legal advice, nor the formation of a lawyer or attorney client relationship. Any results set forth here were dependent on the facts of that case and the results will differ from case to case. Please contact a sex crime defense lawyer or criminal defense attorney at our Knoxville law firm. This web site is not intended to solicit clients for matters outside of the State of Tennessee.


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