Los Angeles Solicitation of a Minor Attorney
Charged with an Online Federal Sex Crime?
Federal law makes it a crime to engage in any on-line solicitation of a minor for a sexual purpose. A sexual purpose is defined as having the intent to commit a sexual activity with that minor. On-line solicitation is one of the most targeted and investigated activities by federal law enforcement. The act of on-line solicitation often occurs in the form of e-mail or instant messaging. Contacting a minor becomes a violation of federal law when the nature of the conversation turns sexually explicit. In order to be prosecuted physical contact with the minor is not required. The mere sexually explicit communication or forwarding of sexually explicit materials to the minor is enough for a conviction under federal law. 18 U.S.C. Section 2422 provides punishment for whoever, using the mail or any facility or means of interstate or foreign commerce…knowingly persuades, induces, entices, or coerces any individual who has not attained the age of 18 years, to engage in prostitution or any sexual activity for which any person can be charged with a criminal offense, or attempts to do so.” If convicted of solicitation of a minor you may be facing large fines and/or imprisonment for a minimum of ten years.
Police, federal prosecutors and judges take a very aggressive approach to convict anyone accused of solicitation of a minor. You will need to retain the services of a skilled federal sex crime defense attorney into the case early to provide time to have an independent investigation of the evidence in your case. It is possible to reveal inconsistencies in the victim's claim or other flaws in the sex crime case which can result in charges being reduced or dropped altogether.
A conviction of any type of federal sex crime will permanently change your professional and personal life. Due to our decades of criminal defense practice, we understand the emotional impact a sex crime accusation and that the alleged crime may have not have been the intent. Our lawyers are former prosecutors and have a thorough knowledge of both sides of the case which is to your advantage.