Solicitation of a Child
Because of the sting operations portrayed on television, many are already familiar with this particular offense. Generally, it is the attempt to entice, provoke, tempt or lure a child into the commission of a sexual act. Often, the Internet is used as the conduit by which the victim is led or lured into this situation. However, the Internet is also used as a method of trapping or setting up potential predators.
When charged with a sex crime, the mere accusation of the crime can have a devastating effect on your life, including serious harm to your reputation, career and personal relationships. If convicted, you will face a lifetime registration as a sex offender and severe criminal penalties. A sex crime conviction will follow you for the rest of your life, and convictions can occur even when the only evidence is the victim's word.
Child enticement charges are based very much on "intent." Anyone suspected of the intent not only to commit a sexual act with a child but also to disseminate harmful material, commit assault or otherwise lure a child into a harmful or dangerous situation can be accused of child solicitation. In fact, merely persuading a child to enter a car or building or not to leave a building can be construed as child solicitation.
Defense strategies commonly center on the area of intent. Since no actual harmful act has been committed or even attempted, it is often possible to effectively defend against these charges if competent defense counsel is brought onboard early.
Sexual defense is different from other areas of criminal law and requires very specific techniques and experience. An effective defense team often employs psychologists, computer forensic examiners, private investigators and an attorney with the expertise to use these tools in the most effective manner.
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