Defending Online Solicitation Of A Minor
Criminal solicitation of a minor prosecution is of increasing importance here in the Palmetto State, and these charges will be aggressively pursued, and if found guilty, you will be charged to the fullest extent of the law. The State has a zero tolerance policy for child abusers. The ICAC Task Force’s (Internet Crimes Against Children) conception in 2005, ICAC has made 441 arrests. Of these arrests, 303 people have been convicted of their charges.
What To Do?
These charges can be damaging to all areas of your life: professional, family, personal, etc. And with the internet becoming more and more prevalent, these charges have been increasing in number. More and more people are being charged with online solicitation of a minor due to many online stings on MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, chat rooms, etc. What happens is that a law enforcement officer will pretend to be a minor and will chat with others while actually conducting a “sting.” If you continue to express desire to meet and have sexual relations with the “child” after learning their age–EVEN IF YOU NEVER MEET–you can and probably will be charged with online criminal solicitation of a minor.
Under South Carolina’s law, you can serve up to ten years for online criminal solicitation of a child. If you are convicted, you will probably have to register on the South Carolina sex offender registry, where you will remain for the rest of your life. Just because you were charged with online solicitation of a minor doesn’t mean you’re guilty. You need aggressive and discrete representation to protect your future and freedom. Please call an attorney today to discuss the facts of your case.