Online Solicitation of a Minor
There is a great deal of illegal conduct that occurs on the internet, some of it of an illicit, sexual nature. The online solicitation of a minor is one such crime, involving an adult’s effort to seduce, proposition, or lure a minor to a meeting with the intention of engaging in improper behaviors.
If you have been accused of the online solicitation of a minor, there are many ways to successfully defend yourself against this charge, minimizing the effect that it has upon your life. Thorough defense will take the help of an attorney that is willing to take the time to dedicate their knowledge and passion to your case. To speak with a Milwaukee computer crime attorney about your case, contact Hart Powell, S.C., by calling (414) 271-9595.
How Do I Defend Myself?
As is true of many internet crimes, it may be difficult for the prosecution to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the accused is the party who has committed the offense. A conviction in the state of Wisconsin may result in permanent registration as a sex offender. There are several factors that could help to limit the likelihood of a conviction or the imposition of severe penalties. For example, if the minor whom you are accused of having solicited was within 3 years of your own age, charges may be reduced or dropped.
Moreover, it can be difficult to establish who was engaged in the alleged improper behaviors, due to the nature of internet-based communication. IP addresses and other information can be utilized to identify the location and machine, but not the operator.
The wide-ranging and severe effects associated with the mere accusation of soliciting a minor can interfere with your personal and professional lives. The consequences of a conviction are likely to be far worse. For committed and vigorous legal representation, contact the Milwaukee computer crime lawyers of Hart Powell, S.C., at (414) 271-9595 for a free consultation.