Child Pornography

Child Pornography

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The State of Tennessee considered crimes involving child pornography to be an “exploitation of a minor” offense, which can draw serious penalties. If you have been charged with such a crime, your freedom, future, and reputation are on the line. You don’t need to handle these charges on your own, however. Mr. Crain, a Murfreesboro sex crimes defense lawyer, can help you explore every avenue and option for your defense.

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Exploitation of a minor charges 

Child pornography crimes fall under the category of offenses that exploit minors. There are two different charges you may be facing, depending on the circumstances of your specific case:

  • Exploitation of a minor: possessing child pornography
  • Aggravated exploitation of a minor: Selling, distributing, transporting, promoting, or exchanging child pornography.

The severity of both charges can be increased, depending on the amount of materials discovered by law enforcement.

Exploitation of a Minor:

  • Class D felony: 50 images/materials or fewer
  • Class C felony: 50-100 images/materials
  • Class B felony: More than 100 images or materials

Aggravated Exploitation of a Minor:

  • Class C felony: 25 images/materials or fewer
  • Class B felony: More than 25 images/materials

Especially Aggravated Exploitation of a Minor

This charge is reserved for producers or creators of child pornography, and is a Class B felony. These charges are applied if you have knowingly:

  • Used child pornography
  • Transported child pornography
  • Permitted a child to engage in the performance or production of child pornography

Penalties for child pornography

All offenses involving child pornography are considered felony offenses. They are subject to strict penalties, which may be increased if you are also convicted of other sex crimes, including, rape, sexual battery, or human trafficking.


  • Class D Felony: 2 to 12 years in prison, and up to $5,000 in fines.
  • Class C Felony: 3-15 years in prison, and up to $10,000 in fines.
  • Class B Felony: 8 to 30 years in prison, and up to $25,000 in fines.


In addition to fines and prison time, you also may be required to register as a sex offender, which can greatly limit your employment, education, and residence options. Furthermore, your assets could be seized and sold, if they were involved in your “exploitation of a minor” charges.

Why Choose Joshua T. Crain as your attorney?

With a 10.0 Superb Avvo Rating and ranking among The National Trial Lawyers’ Top 100 Trial Lawyers, Mr. Crain knows what it takes to obtain a favorable outcome for your case. He has handled thousands of cases successfully and has earned a long list of positive reviews from satisfied clients.


During your initial consultation, Mr. Crain will help you understand how the law applies to your situation and provide you with a clear path forward. Making use of the right legal strategies in your family law case is every bit as important as knowing the law, which is why hiring an experienced Murfreesboro family law attorney is of critical importance.

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