Contacting a Minor to Commit a Felony
Many people have seen the Chris Hansen show, “To Catch a Predator.” There are many sting investigations like this that tend to result in charges. Most often, people charged with this crime have made contact on the Internet. They reach out to underage people for a nefarious purpose, and when they show up at some location to meet the minor, the police are waiting to make an arrest. More police departments than ever are on top of this crime, committing serious resources to its enforcement.
In most cases, this crime can be charged even if the victim in question was not real. For example, if a police officer posed as a 14-year old girl on the Internet, a person can still be charged for contacting a minor even if it was a police officer pretending to be the underage girl. It is the intent of the would-be defendant that matters in this scenario rather than the actual circumstances. There are defenses to this crime, however, which is why getting a good attorney is so critical in these situations.
People charged with contacting a minor have an opportunity to form a defense, but only if they act quickly. Whether going all the way to trial or trying to come up with a plea bargain settlement, good lawyers help their clients come out of these situations with the best possible result. Contacting a minor can result in felony jail time in addition to whatever time is required under the statute for the underlying felony. Acting quick to mitigate the effects of the conviction is a wise move for those who have been charged under this statute.
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