Being accused of solicitation of a minor at the federal level can be a very stressful experience, as crimes are prosecuted most aggressively at the federal level. A federal solicitation of a minor conviction carries a minimum sentence of ten years in federal prison, a fine of up to $250,000 and registration as a sex offender in federal and state databases.
You don’t actually have to engage in sex with a minor and the person you contacted does not have to be a minor to be convicted of federal solicitation of a minor. It is enough to convict you in federal court if you believed the victim was a minor and you attempted to arrange a meeting with the victim in another state.
If you or a loved one is facing a solicitation of a minor charge at the federal level, it is important to retain a Wallin & Klarich attorney who will fight the charges against you with the strongest possible defense.
Possible Defenses to a Federal Solicitation of a Minor Charge
If you are accused of solicitation of a minor, an experienced attorney can review your case and argue a viable defense against your charges. Possible defenses may include, but are not limited to:
1. Entrapment: You would not have committed solicitation of a minor if you were not harassed or coerced into doing so by federal law enforcement officials. This means you were coaxed into committing a crime you otherwise would not have committed.
2. False Accusation: You were accused of committing solicitation of a minor when you did not actually commit the act. For example, the police or the parents of the minor may have pressured the minor into making a false allegation.
3. Mistaken Identity/Identity Theft: You did not commit solicitation of a minor because someone else committed the act using your personal identifying information. For example, a different person may have been using your computer, email, screen name or IP address in order to avoid being caught.
4. Good Faith/Belief of Age: You would not have committed solicitation of a minor if you knew the other person was under the age of 18. In this defense, you must prove that you reasonably believed the other person was 18 years old or older. However, this defense is not applicable if your federal solicitation of a minor charge involved prostitution.
Call Wallin & Klarich Today
If you or a loved one is facing a federal solicitation of a minor charge, it is critical that you speak to an experienced criminal defense attorney. At Wallin & Klarich, our attorneys have over 30 years of experience in defending solicitation of a minor charges at the federal level in California. Our attorneys will fight to get you the best possible outcome in your case.
With offices in Los Angeles, Sherman Oaks, Torrance, Tustin, San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, West Covina and Victorville, there is an experienced Wallin & Klarich Southern California criminal defense attorney near you no matter where you work or live.
Call us today at (877) 4-NO-JAIL or (877) 466-5245 for a free phone consultation. We will get through this together.