Online Solicitation of a Minor
If convicted of online solicitation of a minor, you will be forced to register publicly as a child sex offender for the rest of your life, in addition to other penalties such as jail time. However, many people are falsely accused of this crime.
Overzealous police may have entrapped you, or someone with a grudge against you may be purposefully misrepresenting what you have said. Words may have been misconstrued, or someone else may have used your computer, resulting in a false accusation of this crime.
Las Vegas Online Solicitation of a Minor Defense Lawyer
If you have been accused of online solicitation of a minor, then contact an experienced criminal defense attorney at Pariente Law Firm, P.C. . Michael Pariente is experienced in fighting these difficult cases to protect his client against a false allegation of online solicitation of a minor.
Any accusation, no matter how hard you find it to believe, is serious because in addition to the possibility of incarceration, the person accused also faces a lifetime requirement of registering as a sex offender. Call (702) 966-5310 right now to receive a complete evaluation of your case during a free consultation.
Online Solicitation of a Minor in Nevada
Online solicitation of a minor is covered by NRS § 201.560(4). Online solicitation of a minor is defined as using a computer system or network to communicate with a person under the age of 16 with intent to engage in sexual conduct with that person. This is a category B felony, punishable by:
- Minimum of one year up to 10 years in state prison;
- $10,000 fine; and/or
- Requirement to register as a sex offender.
You may also face federal charges if you use a computer system or network to communicate with a person under the age of 18 in another state or country with intent to engage in sexual conduct with that person.
Defenses to Solicitation of a Minor Accusations
Some defenses may be available to you if you are accused of online solicitation of a minor.
Entrapment is a defense that can be used, but it is much harder to successfully use this defense than most people think. This defense can only be successful if you can demonstrate that law enforcement induced you to commit an offense that you were not otherwise predisposed to commit. However, it is difficult to demonstrate this, since prosecutors will simply point to the fact that you committed the offense as evidence that you were predisposed to commit the offense. However, if you have evidence that it was law enforcement who persistently suggested illegal sexual activity, and/or that you were resisted their attempts to get you to commit the crime, it is possible that an entrapment defense can succeed.
Prosecutors must demonstrate that you actually solicited the minor in order to convict you. If the suggestion of sexual activity came solely from the minor and not from you, this may be used is a successful defense against an online solicitation of a minor charge.
Prosecutors also must demonstrate that the solicitation came from you. If you live in a place where other people have access to your computer, or your smartphone was stolen, you can demonstrate in court the possibility that the solicitation messages were actually sent by someone else.
Finding the Best Online Solicitation of a Minor Attorney in Clark County, Nevada
Michael Pariente is an accomplished Las Vegas criminal defense lawyer who aggressively fights for clients accused of online solicitation of a minor in Henderson, Clark County, Paradise, Las Vegas, Spring Valley, and the surrounding areas. Whether you are a resident or a tourist, rest assured that Pariente Law Firm, P.C. will handle your case with the vigor and personal attention it deserves.
If you were accused of online solicitation of a minor in Nevada, particularly for cases in the greater Las Vegas area including all of Clark County and the surrounding counties, then contact an aggressive criminal defense lawyer at Pariente Law Firm, P.C.. Call (702) 966-5310 to schedule a free, confidential consultation and learn what you might need to do immediately to protect your rights.