Call Today 888.301.6004
Defending Sex Crimes Charges Work with Our Firm to Fight Conviction of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor.

Third Degree Sexual Exploitation of a Minor

Accused of possessing child pornography?

Sexual Exploitation of a Minor 3rd Degree is one of the South Carolina laws that make it illegal to possess child pornography. Someone can be charged both as a State offense and as a Federal Offense. Third Degree Sexual Exploitation of a Minor is a felony criminal charge pursuant to S.C. Code § 16-15-410. It is prosecuted in the Court of General Sessions by the Solicitor's Office. The maximum penalty is a ten year sentence in the South Carolina Department of Corrections.

In order to be convicted of this offense, the prosecution must prove that the defendant was in possession of materials that they knew to be a visual representation of a minor engaging in sexual activity. It is not unusual for someone alleged to have several illegal items under this law to be charged separately for each one.

If you have been charged under this section, you may have questions:

  • Did the police illegally search my computer?
  • Should I have given a statement to the police?
  • Will I have to register as a sex offender?
  • Am I going to go to prison?
  • What options do I have to fight this charge?

You can ask all of your specific questions during a case evaluation with the firm's Lexington criminal defense attorney! Call us at (888) 301-6004 today.

Defending Against a Sex Crime Conviction in Lexington, SC

There may be several defenses available to anyone charged with this section. Law enforcement must have a valid search warrant in order to seize and look through anyone's computer files, or their private materials. If police intend on questioning someone regarding suspected child pornography they may have an obligation to first provide Miranda advisement. The law also requires that anyone in possession of illegal materials must do so knowingly. So if the materials were unknowingly possessed, such as accidentally downloaded, this may create a legal defense that can be used to help fight this charge.

At the Law Office of James R. Snell, Jr., LLC, we have assisted clients in defending themselves against Sexual Exploitation charges. We do not recommend that anyone who is under investigation for this offense agree to talk with police or consent to any searches without first consulting with a Lexington criminal attorney.

If you or a loved one has been charged with any exploitation offense you may contact our office for a free consultation.

Former Client Experiences

  • “Thank you so much for handling my case for me. Since the first moment I talked with you I felt a sense of relief. I knew I had found a true professional, how relieved I was every step of the way. I will never forget your help.”

    Former Client

  • “I could tell that Mr. Snell knew what he was doing because everyone there knew him.”

    Former Client

  • “When we went to court, it went just like he said that it would, and now I do not have a CDV on my record.”

    Former Client

  • “I want to thank you for how you handled my son's case. We were very concerned with whether or not his charges would effect his future. After meeting with you we knew that we could trust you to advise us in his best interests. I cannot express how grateful ”

    Former Client

  • “Thank you for being so kind and understanding and getting me out of the mess I got myself into…”

    Former Client

  • Best of Lexington Life for 2020
  • Super Lawyers
  • Lawyer.com Premium Rating
  • 10.0 Superb Avvo Rating - Top Attorney Criminal Defense
  • Better Business Bureau - Accredited Business
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers - The National Trial Lawyers
  • 10.0 Superb Avvo Rating - Top Attorney DUI

Stay Updated

  • How long does it take to fight a Lexington DUI charge?

    If you’ve received a DUI in Lexington, South Carolina , you need to know how long it can take to fight the charge. The good news (or bad news ...

    View More
  • Can a school discipline proceeding affect your child’s criminal charges?

    It is very common that many situations involving juveniles have both a school disciplinary component as well as actual criminal charges. Things that ...

    View More
  • Introduction to South Carolina Juvenile Charges

    This information is designed to be helpful for South Carolina juveniles who have been accused of a crime, or their family. If you have specific ...

    View More

Get Started Today

We're Available to Schedule Immediate, Same-Day Consultations
  • Please enter your name.
  • This isn't a valid phone number.
  • Please enter your email address.
    This isn't a valid email address.
  • Please make a selection.
  • Please enter a message.