Soliciting a minor is a crime that can land you in jail or prison if you’re not smart about defending yourself. This accusation can quickly be built up, and with the help of computers, police can search your home, computer, work documents and other items for evidence of this criminal behavior.
It’s important to make sure that police who come to search your home or work have the proper warrants. How did they come to suspect you, and do they have reasonable suspicion to look at your computer and private property? Whether or not you did these acts is not what matters during this stage; it’s wise for police and others to make sure the accusation has merit before threatening you with legal action or an arrest.
When it comes to the Internet, it’s an unusual realm where children may pretend to be older than they are and people could even meet their significant others on different continents. The Internet has grown in size and quality over the last decade or two, but it hasn’t been able to weed out of the bad from the good. That means that for every child who does suffer as a victim, there may be a person falsely representing him or herself and getting you into trouble.
A minor can be anyone age 17 or under, but Internet solicitation of a minor is described as soliciting sex from someone who has represented themselves as being 14 or younger. If the person on the other end of the chat is claiming to be older, how could you know? If you arranged to meet them, is it fair if you have been set up and lied to? These are things to consider, and they could happen. Our website has more on ways you can defend yourself and protect your reputation after an accusation of Internet solicitation; your situation is personal, and it should be kept that way.