Friday, October 14, 2011

Online Solicitation - The "Catch a Predator" Offense

While the charges of the online solicitation of a minor may vary somewhat from one state to another, it is regarded as a very serious crime in all states and is punishable by hefty fines and jail time. When a person is charged and convicted of a third-degree online solicitation it is considered as a third-degree felony offense. This type of crime can result in the punishment of as much as $5000 in fines and as long as five full years spent in prison. When a person is charged and convicted of a second-degree online solicitation, it is considered as a second-degree felony offense. This type of crime can result in the punishment of as much as $10,000 in fines and as long as 15 years in the state penitentiary. Penalties like this are the result of each individual online solicitation that a person becomes involved and is convicted of. Another stiff penalty that will also be required of the convicted party is they will have to register as a sex offender as well.

The best step that a person facing online solicitation charges can make is to consult an top criminal lawyer. In some cases they can get penalties reduced to house arrest or even electronic monitoring.

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