When it comes to internet crimes, one of the most serious offenses in Minnesota is the online solicitation of a minor. If you have been recently charged with online solicitation but are unsure why this blog may be able to assist you.
If you are unfamiliar with the term "online solicitation of a minor," you may be wondering what exactly it is. Online solicitation of a minor is the act of trying to persuade a child (who is below the legal age of 16) to engage in sexual activity or expose themselves sexually to you (who is 18 years or older) via the internet or some other electronic means.
Acts of Solicitation
Online solicitation describes a range of behaviors with the intent to persuade, motivate, or otherwise encourage another person to do something specific online. This can happen through online chat rooms, social media platforms, or online gaming platforms. It can take many forms like:
- Requesting sexually explicit videos.
- Sending sexually explicit messages.
- Asking intrusive questions about a child’s sex life.
- Making plans to meet in person for sex.
Soliciting minors is considered a felony, and anyone found guilty of online solicitation can face some of these penalties:
- Imprisonment for no more than 5 years.
- Up to $10,000 in fines.
- Both fines and imprisonment.
- Required to register as a sex offender.
- Required to attend sex offender treatment.
- Restricted internet access.
While most crimes are expungable, registered sex offenders do not qualify for expungement in Minnesota. In addition, those convicted can no longer vote or bear arms.
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If you are currently facing these charges or think you might be soon, you must contact a criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. They will be able to advise you on your best course of action and help protect your rights.
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