When you’re accused of a serious sex crime, it’s not always easy to recover from those accusations. A conviction can upend your life, hurting you, your family, and your future. When you’re blindsided by sex crime charges, it can be difficult to recover from the impact on your life.
But what is sexual exploitation of a minor, and how can you avoid a conviction for these charges? A lawyer has the answers you need. Learn more about your charges and what your lawyer can do about your case below.
What Does Sexual Exploitation of a Minor Include?
Sexual exploitation of a minor generally refers to the creation, distribution, or possession of child pornography. The severity of these charges depends on the activities you were accused of engaging in. For example, creating these materials is a much more serious felony and may mean more time spent in prison for a conviction. The age of the child may also impact your case and the severity of your charges.
Penalties for Child Pornography Charges
But how serious is a sexual exploitation of a minor conviction? For first-degree offenses, you may face a Class C felony, which comes with severe consequences. You may face a maximum of 231 months, or almost twenty years, in prison.
But your penalties don’t stop there. You may be placed on a sex offender registry, a designation that can impact where you live and work. That criminal record can also impact your family life, as you may lose custody or visitation rights with your children.
If you’re concerned about these penalties, don’t wait for a conviction—talk to your lawyer about your best options to get your case dismissed or your charges reduced.
Defenses to Sexual Exploitation of a Minor
Cases dealing with the sexual exploitation of a minor can be difficult to defend, which is why a lawyer is so important to your case. Often, your defense will depend on the details of how your case is handled by law enforcement. For example, if your home was searched without reason or cause, you may have grounds to dispute the evidence brought against you.
But that’s not your only option to defend your case when you’re accused of sexual exploitation of a minor. Your lawyer can look at the details of your case and determine your best opportunity for a defense. Your lawyer can also represent you in the courtroom, helping your case succeed.
Protect Your Future with an Attorney
When you’re accused of a serious crime, waiting and hoping it goes away may only land you in more trouble. The penalties for sexual exploitation of a minor can last a lifetime, leaving you struggling to return to your normal life.
At The Chetson Firm, we understand how difficult building your defense can be. That’s why we’re here to help you prepare that defense and avoid these harsh penalties. Start with a consultation about your charges by texting or calling 919-352-9411 or by completing the online contact form below.