Criminal solicitation occurs when someone encourages, demands, or requests another person to partake in a crime. This happens so that they can benefit from that crime. One common example of this crime is prostitution.
Soliciting a Minor
Solicitation of a minor constitutes one of the most common charges that we come across when it comes to online solicitation. Even if you never met up with a minor, or even if you never sent pictures through email or text, you can still face charges for the online version of this crime. Many defendants in these cases therefore feel confused as to why they face these charges.
The truth of the matter is that the simple act of engaging a minor in conversation that is sexual, asking for sexually explicit images or text, or asking a minor to meet up for the purpose of having sex or engaging in other sexual acts can constitute internet or online solicitation.
When a minor gets involved, this crime constitutes a felony. This is because it can fall under the categories of child pornography and solicitation of a minor. You face heavy fines and jail time, as well as registration as a sex offender. This happens if you get convicted of online soliciting of a minor.
If you have been charged with soliciting a minor, you face a serious charge. It is important that you do everything you can to protect and defend yourself against this charge. Unfortunately, you might not know where to begin in your defense. If this is the case, don’t panic. You can contact our office for more information.
One of our lawyers can sit down with you during a free consultation. We can review your situation and explain your options to you. Then, we can begin to plan your defense. For more information, get in touch with an attorney today!