In Michigan, we have two statutes that cover the crime of solicitation of a minor. One statue requires the internet be used to commit the crime and the other does not. MCL 750.145a is called Accosting, Enticing or Soliciting Child for Immoral Purpose. This law does not require the internet be used to engage in this crime. This statue involves soliciting or encouragement of a child less than 16 years of age with the intent to induce that child to commit an immoral act, sexual intercourse or an act of gross indecency, or to any other act of depravity or delinquency. This is a felony. It is punishable by incarceration of up to 4 years in prison. It also has a fine that could cost someone $4,000.00, or both.
MCL 750.145d is called use of Internet to Solicit a Child (Under Age 18) to Commit a Sexual Act. This law carries with it a maximum term imprisonment of 20 years. Here are some of the other penalties this statue carries:
- If the underlying crime is a misdemeanor or a felony with a maximum term of imprisonment of 2 years or more but less than 4 years, the person is guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than 4 years or a fine of not more than $5,000.00, or both.
- (e) If the underlying crime is a felony punishable by a maximum term of imprisonment of 10 years or more but less than 15 years, the person is guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than 15 years or a fine of not more than $10,000.00, or both.
- If the underlying crime is a felony punishable by a maximum term of imprisonment of 15 years or more or for life, the person is guilty of a felony punishable by imprisonment for not more than 20 years or a fine of not more than $20,000.00, or both.
A lot of cases that deal with solicitation of a minor using the internet may involve undercover police representing to be minors on websites or internet chat rooms. If you are given reason to believe you are talking to a minor, and you are talking about meeting up to have sex with this person on the internet, it is a crime. The negative impact of a criminal sex charge with a minor is massive. You face prison, registration as a sex offender, probation and fines.
The Sex Offender Registry for Solicitation of a Minor — A Stigma You Do Not Want
Most people enjoy their right to privacy and enjoy going about living their daily life in peace. If you are placed on the sex offender registry, you can say goodbye to enjoying your right to privacy. The sex offender registry is misleading as it does not tell anyone why your name is on the list. Were you are convicted for talking to a minor online or did you use physical force to rape a minor. To a person reading the registry, they will more than likely not know the difference. A person who has to register on the sex offender list will be the one paying the price for the registry not being clear enough.
Once your name is placed on the sex offender registry, it will be tough for you to enjoy living your life in peace and privacy. Your neighbors will be notified that you are a sex offender, making it difficult to fit in or be left alone. Do not wait to contact a lawyer if you are being investigated for solicitation of a minor.
Once you have retained our law firm, we will go over every possible defense that is available in your case. If we believe we can win your case at trial, after going over your defenses, will we prepare to expertly present your case to a jury. If we do not believe your case can be won at trial, we will work with you to take the steps needed to reduce your jail or prison time. We will also work with you to put yourself in a position to get a plea deal to a lesser charge. Attorney Shawn James Haff of The Criminal Defense Law Center of West Michigan knows experts in the community who can help you with sexual addiction. Attorney Haff also knows experts who can help show the judge of your case that you are not a threat to society or that it is very unlikely that you would engage in this type of behavior again.
Given how much is at stake and how much we can offer you, can you really afford not to call Shawn now?
What to Do If You Are Charged With Solicitation of a Minor?
Do not talk to police if you are being investigated for solicitation of a minor. That would be a major mistake. Call Shawn today at 616-438-6719 and let him help you out in your time of need. Shawn knows the games police officer’s play and knows how to help you protect you rights. The call is free! Will you be?
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