Computer-Aided Solicitation of a Minor Defense
According to Louisiana law, the crime of computer-aided solicitation of a minor occurs when “a person eighteen years of age or older commits the offense of criminal solicitation of a minor if they knowingly contact or communicate with, or attempts to contact or communicate with, a person who is under the age of eighteen, or a person reasonably believed to be under the age of eighteen, for the purpose of or with the intent of persuading, inducing, enticing, or coercing the person to engage or participate in a sexual activity.”
Criminal cases involving computer-aided solicitation of a minor have exploded in recent years, partly because of the rise of the Internet but also because of the zeal of the law enforcement community to rid society of potential child predators. In some states, the charge is called “Internet solicitation of a child.” Whatever the term, it’s always considered a felony and the repercussions of a conviction often result in prison time, fines, and registration as a sex offender.
Some critics believe that the free-speech rights of an alleged adult perpetrator are often violated. Others say the aggressiveness of law enforcement cybercrime units borders on entrapment, resulting in most defendants never interacting with an actual minor and the alleged offense being a victimless crime.
These cases are complex and involve a lot of data. In Louisiana, conviction carries a mandatory minimum sentence and maximum 10 years. It also may require mandatory registration as a sex offender, a status that can strip you of many basic rights.
Defending computer-aided solicitation of a minor charges
An experienced defense attorney can reduce or eliminate your charges. Many cases involve police officers posing as young children. There are countless cases in which police crossed the line from a legitimate investigation into entrapment, violating the accused’s’ rights. Prosecutors must prove intent in computer-aided solicitation cases.
If you were communicating with a legitimate minor, circumstances may still play into your favor:
- Did you receive a photo from the alleged victim?
- Did it appear that the so-called minor was older, perhaps an adult?
- Did he (or she) claim to be an adult?
- Did the alleged victim use language that would suggest he (or she) was older than the actual age cited by law enforcement?
Contact Elizabeth B. Carpenter a New Orleans Criminal Defense Lawyer today.
Computer-aided solicitation of a minor charges are difficult, but not impossible, to fight. The law office of Elizabeth B. Carpenter can offer help. Call (504) 373-4624 or email firstname.lastname@example.org today for a consultation