Bucks County Internet Solicitation of Minors Lawyer
Solicitation is illegal, but the charges are even more serious when it involves a minor. If it happened over the Internet, then the police will most likely put together a full transcript of your conversation. It is important to do everything you can to mitigate the damages of these charges. At the Bucks County law offices of Attorney Niels C. Eriksen, we protect the rights of individuals charged with the Internet solicitation of minors in Pennsylvania state and federal courts.
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Sexual contact does not have to take place in order to be charged with the Internet solicitation of a minor. It is a crime based solely on your actions on-line. It does not even matter whether or not you were talking to a minor. If you were talking to an undercover cop or police officer, it is still a crime, as long as you had the intent of soliciting a minor. We protect the rights of the accused facing the following Internet solicitation charges:
- Soliciting minors for sex
- Soliciting an undercover police officer portraying a minor
- Soliciting prostitutes over the Internet
The police have almost full access to your computer history, and can even subpoena your Internet service provider in order to obtain information about your on-line history. Any chats, e-mails or pictures you have sent will most likely be discovered. While police must still observe proper search and seizure laws, they are very cautious when handling these cases.
Defenses Against the Internet Solicitation of Minors
There are ways to defend against solicitation charges. As much as the police would like you to think they have an open and shut case, the law is never so black and white. We will look at a number of factors, including the following, while building your defense:
- Entrapment: Did an undercover cop convince you to commit conduct you would not have otherwise committed?
- Ambiguity: Was there a clear intent to engage in sex or was it just sexual banter?
- Mental capacity: Did police take advantage of a person's diminished mental capacity to convince them that their conduct was legal or that nothing bad would happen?
- Solicitation of prostitution: Was there any transaction or explicit financial agreement?
These cases are not as easy for the prosecution as they might seem. We can help you build the best possible defense. While our Bucks County offices are open during weekly business hours, we are available to our clients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We also make jail visits and bail hearings. Contact us today for a free initial consultation.