Online solicitation often involves chat rooms, social media websites, and forums, and in some ways, users can be whoever they want to be on the internet. In some cases, people will use the web to seek potential sexual partners, but if the pursuit involves children, criminal charges can result. Local and federal law enforcement agencies have become zealous in their attempts to catch alleged child predators, and they have strengthened their efforts to find individuals they believe are soliciting adolescents and children.
If you are arrested for using the internet to solicit a minor, you could be charged with various criminal offenses, such as:
Prosecutors seek some of the harshest penalties when the defendant is charged with a crime involving a child, which is why you need to enlist powerful defense for your trial. Our firm has effectively represented countless clients charged with internet sex crimes, and we understand the intricacies of the law. You can be confident that we will ensure your rights are protected.
We will thoroughly investigate the circumstances that led to your arrest to determine if your charges were based on such unlawful police tactics as entrapment, which would require us to prove that you would not have committed the solicitation if it were not for the threats, harassment, or coercion of an officer posing as a minor. This defense involves showing through the preponderance of the evidence that more likely than not the officer’s conduct would have most likely persuaded a normal and law-abiding citizen to commit the same offense.
Our skilled lawyers at Okabe & Haushalter have fought for clients in similar situations throughout the Los Angeles area, and we are ready to provide the aggressive advocacy and relentless defense necessary to challenge the allegations brought against you. A conviction for this offense will severely impact your life and freedoms, which is why you cannot risk your case in the hands of a public defender. Call our team today to retain the unyielding and smart representation you deserve!