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Online Solicitation and the Consequences

 Posted on February 17,2015 in Sex Crimes

online solicitation in Connecticut, Stamford sex crimes lawyerIf you have ever seen some of the popular crime shows on television today, there are many shows revolving around the theme of internet predators. In fact, with the popularity of social media, the problem is ever growing as younger adults frequently use the Internet and social media in their everyday lives, raising concerns about the potential for predator crimes.

In the state of Connecticut, online solicitation of a minor is defined as using a computer service that is interactive to coerce a person less than 16 years of age. If you know that the person you are talking to is under 16, and you attempt to entice them into prostitution or sexual acts, you can be charged with a criminal offense.

Solicitation of a minor is a class D felony in the state of Connecticut for the first offense. The second is a class C felony, and the third offense is a class B felony. There significant other a special exception that says if the person is less than 13 years of age, you will be charged with a class B felony that is punishable by no less than a 5 year term of imprisonment for the first offense. Any subsequent offense will be 10 years. These sentences cannot be suspended or reduced by the court.

Solicitation of a minor is a very serious charge that can lead to very serious consequences. This also includes misrepresenting your own age in order to entice a child into sexual acts.

Unfortunately, simply stating that you did not know that the person is underage the legal age of consent is not a viable defense. You will need to have the assistance of an experienced criminal law attorney to represent your interests in court. Your attorney will gather all of the facts in the case including the information that the prosecution has in order to create the strongest defense. Contact our Stamford, Connecticut sex crimes defense attorney at the Law Offices of Daniel P. Weiner today for more information.
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