When You Have Been Accused Of Indecent Solicitation Of A Minor
Sometimes, just reaching out to a minor may be seen as trying to solicit the minor. Even if no sexual misconduct took place, this can be considered a sex crime in Illinois known as indecent solicitation of a minor. Sex crimes charges are very serious. Just being investigated for one can damage a reputation. If you have been contacted by authorities about an indecent solicitation of a minor charge or have already been charged, it is imperative you seek an experienced criminal defense lawyer immediately.
Seasoned Sex Crimes Defense
The knowledgeable attorneys of Sheppard Law Firm, P.C., handle a wide range of sex crimes defense. With over five decades of cumulative experience in defending clients in the Chicago, Illinois, area, we understand what is at stake here. With very significant penalties, including jail time and a social stigma not just on you but your family, we will aggressively defend you against any accusations that come your way.
If local or federal authorities have reached out to you about any contact you allegedly had with a minor, do not say anything. It is very important that you instead consult with a seasoned sex crimes defense attorney first who can protect your rights from the very beginning.
What Is Indecent Solicitation Of A Minor?
You may be perplexed as to what exactly you are being charged with. Maybe you never met with the minor in question. Maybe you do not even know who the minor in question is and are trying to understand why you are being accused of a child sex crime. This is understandably a whirlwind and a very trying time for you and your family. That is why our defense lawyers will be there for you every step of the way.
In general, under Illinois law, anyone 17 or over who has the intent (this is very important, as it just starts with intent) to commit an act of sexual misconduct with a child and knowingly solicits the child to commit the intended act, can be charged with solicitation of a minor. This could also mean just talking about the act, even though the person never actually engaged in the act. Communication could be through phone, text, internet, email and all forms of communication. Keep in mind this is a very general explanation of the charge.
This is a complex area of the law and that is why it is vital that you obtain only the most experienced of sex crimes defense lawyers in Illinois. We invite you to read more about our recent case results.
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We invite you to schedule your no-obligation consultation today. We are located in Chicago, Illinois. You can reach Sheppard Law Firm, P.C., by calling 312-443-1233. You can also contact us online. Do not wait to get the criminal defense you need.