Soliciting a minor online is both a federal crime and a state crime in the State of Georgia. You need to fully understand what this serious crime is in order to avoid a conviction that can brand you a criminal for life.
What Does it Mean to Solicit a Minor Online?
Soliciting a minor generally pertains to the action of contacting a minor online with an offer to engage in sexual activity. It can also include the act of sharing pornographic material with a minor. Being accused of this crime is risky for a couple of reasons:
- There only needs to be proof of your intent for there to be a conviction. You don’t have to have actually carried out any unlawful sexual act to be found guilty of this crime.
- Undercover police and FBI agents are skilled at setting up “stings” or “honey pots” to entrap people in this crime. You can potentially be charged with solicitation without ever contacting an actual minor.
What to Do if You Face a Charge of Soliciting a Minor
This post offers only a brief introduction to the complex issue of child solicitation.
There is a lot at stake if you are faced with a charge of soliciting a minor online. You could spend the rest of your life in prison, pay a large fine, and have your reputation permanently damaged.
You have no time to waste if you are accused of soliciting a minor. You need to contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer in Atlanta right away. Jeff Manciagli has decades of experience in clearing state and federal criminal charges.
Contact our team today to schedule a confidential, complimentary, and zero-obligation consultation.
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