Sexual solicitation of children over the Internet occurs frequently and
leads to numerous arrests around the US.
Just recently, for example, a California man was charged with
sexual solicitation of a 15-year-old girl in Maryland; according to
news reports, he's currently being held in custody in California but will be extradited
to Maryland, where he had allegedly made plans to meet the girl and book
a hotel room where he could have sex with her. These arrangements came
after two years of online contact with her, in which he allegedly solicited
and obtained sexually explicit photographs and videos of her.
If you're charged with this type of crime, you can face a variety of
penalties, including prison time, fines and registration as a sex offender
for life; the severity of the penalties depend on how far the activities
went and if the solicitation occurred across state lines. There may also
be concurrent charges, for instance if you actually met with the minor
in person and engaged in a sexual act.
When facing charges of Internet solicitation of a minor, it's important to
contact a reputable criminal attorney for your defense. Sometimes, people get charged with this crime even though
they did not intend to perpetrate it. For example, they may not have realized
that the person they were communicating with online was a minor; the minor
may have claimed to be older. Other times, law enforcement officers organize
stings where they pose as minors online. Sometimes these law enforcement
activities entrap the alleged criminals, which may lead to charges being
dropped or reduced in severity.
With an attorney on your side to defend you in court and negotiate with
a prosecutor on your behalf, you have a greater chance of obtaining a
fair outcome of your case. The stakes are high. You don't want any
sex offense to appear on your record. As such, if you live in or around
Temecula, Lake Elsinore, Murrieta, Hemet, Wildomar, Menifee, Perris, Banning,
Corona or Riverside, be sure to contact us to serve as your legal advocates.
We have many years of experience in handling such charges and we can help!