The stigma of a sex crime can devastate your professional and personal life. But when a sex crime involves a child, regardless of whether the accusations are true or not, people are determined to see the accused punished.
Internet solicitation is when an adult contacts a child, or someone he/she believes to be a child, under 18 years of age over the internet, telephone, or other electronic means, with the intent of sexually engaging with him or her. This can occur either by enticing or soliciting them to commit or submit to an unlawful sexual act. The crime of internet solicitation has attracted much attention from the media. Even just an allegation is met with preconceived judgement. The public tends to make up its mind before your side can be heard.
Unfortunately, in many of these cases, the accused is lured into a scenario set up by law enforcement officials in sting operations. In fact, the federal government has recently been approving laws that support these agencies cracking down on internet solicitation and prostitution in chat rooms.
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What the Law Says
According to Kansas law, electronic solicitation is, enticing or soliciting a child below 16 years of age by means of communication conducted through the telephone, internet, or by other electronic means, including email, chat room, instant messaging on any social networking platform and text messages.
The State’s Hunt for Sex Crime Offenders
The Kansas law enforcement is actively seeking to make as many sex crimes involving teens and children as possible fall under the provisions of Jessica’s Law.
The nature of these crimes and of computer hard drive records means that no matter what specific charges you face, the police and prosecutor’s office have hard evidence against you—the kind of evidence that is difficult to mount a defense against. If the prosecution can prove that you believed you were contacting a minor, even if in reality it was an undercover officer, it may be enough to convince the jury.
However, cases of electronic solicitation that have been set up by police sting operations raise questions of entrapment. Online solicitation cases that involve an undercover police officer posing as a minor are increasingly being challenged in court.
Lawyers With Experience and Determination
Our attorneys will meticulously examine every defense available in your case and seek to gain a dismissal. At the very least, we will fight for a reduction of charges against you. If trial is really the only course of action to take, you can feel confident knowing that our attorneys have handled thousands of felony cases and proven themselves to be vigorous advocates, known to sway the jury in your favor. If you have been charged with internet solicitation, you need immediate and effective representation. Our lawyers personally dedicate themselves to help clear your name from the records, and from the society’s minds too.
The Swain Law Office handles crimes of electronic solicitation and other sex crimes, including:
* Aggravated criminal solicitation of a child
* Jessica’s Law
* Indecent liberties with a child
* Online prostitution
We’ll provide a free and confidential initial consultation. Any communication you have with us will be protected under the attorney-client privilege. Call or contact our offices today and schedule a meeting with our attorneys to talk about your arrest. The Swain Law Office team will give you candid advice and straightforward assessment of your case.