Computers have advanced astonishingly over the past decade, however despite those advances they are still machines and still less-than-perfect. As most of us who regularly use a personal computer are aware, an e-mail from an unfamiliar name can show up in your inbox and when you click on it you are shocked to see the pornographic photographs which materialized on your screen. True, many of those charged with Internet porn or Internet solicitation of a minor actually committed the crime and will require the services of a highly skilled criminal defense attorney.
You may feel that if you truly did nothing wrong the truth will come out and you don’t have to worry about hiring an attorney. Nothing could be further from the truth. You must understand that whether you committed the crime you are being charged with or not, you are in just as much trouble as the person who admits they made a serious error in judgment and did commit the crime. A conviction for a sex crime of any type can alter your life forever as you may be required to register as a sex offender for the remainder of your life.
Internet Solicitation of a Minor
Internet solicitation of a minor is charged when an adult is communicating with a minor under the age of 18 with the intent of engaging in a sexual activity. Some solicitation occurs in chat rooms where underage persons are lured into a meeting with the possibility of engaging in a sexual act. Remember that should the person you were communicating with turn out not to actually be a minor, the only thing that matters to the prosecution is if you thought that person was a minor. This means that even if law enforcement has posed on the Internet as a minor, you will still have committed the crime of Internet solicitation of a minor and it is unlikely you will be able to use entrapment as a defense.
What Could be Wrong With Your Charges
Even when Internet solicitation of a minor is charged, there are a number of things which could have gone wrong. In some cases another person has stolen your online identity and you are being unfairly accused, or another person could be blackmailing you by using your computer identity. It is possible you were directed to an Internet website you had no intention of visiting or even that comments you made in a chat room have been taken out of context and misconstrued.
If you have been charged with Internet solicitation of a minor you need an attorney who will come out swinging, taking a proactive stance immediately on your behalf. Your future truly is at stake and you don’t have the luxury of time at this particular juncture. If you are a parent your children could be removed from your custody, you could be jailed, fined, required to register as a sex offender and your life could change in other, equally negative ways. You could find yourself unable to secure a student loan or any type of governmental assistance and could find it extremely difficult to find valid employment or obtain a professional license you have worked very hard for. Your career and reputation are at stake – don’t leave them to chance.