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Internet solicitation: You have rights as the accused in Texas

Internet solicitation is a crime taken very seriously in today's world. The Internet is everywhere -- on phones, tablets, computers and other devices. If you've been accused of using the Internet to solicit sex or to solicit minors, it's important to develop a defense immediately.

Simply speaking to children online shouldn't be enough to accuse you of such a serious crime. In fact, there is no crime that has taken place until you actually ask a child to meet you in person. What do you do if the person meeting you is under 18, but he told you he was older? That's an argument that you may be able to use, as misrepresentation shouldn't result in your future being put into jeopardy. This could be the case if a child poses as an adult in a chat or is participating in an adult chat room posing as an older sibling or friend. Why should you suffer due to their dishonesty?

It's important to make sure there was probable cause for your arrest, and there must not have been an act of entrapment or other illegal activities leading up to your arrest. Whether you're accused of child molestation, indecent exposure or other illegal acts, there are ways you can protect yourself and make your side of the story heard.

To learn more about what constitutes Internet solicitation and what you can do if you've been accused of this crime, you should looks at our webpage on the topic. With the right help, you can defend yourself and protect your reputation, so you won't have to live with the fear of this accusation haunting you forever.

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