What Are the Criminal Penalties for Indecent Solicitation of a Minor?
Being accused of an Internet sex crime can be absolutely devastating, both personally and professionally. If you are found guilty of an online sex crime such as child pornography or indecent solicitation of a minor, you can face much more than incarceration. You may also be required to register as a sex offender and face a lifetime of social stigma. Finding housing and employment can be nearly impossible when you have a sex-related criminal conviction on your record. If you or a loved one has been charged with indecent solicitation of a minor in Illinois, contact a qualified criminal defense attorney immediately so that you can start building a strong defense against the accusations as soon as possible.
Illinois Law Regarding Online Solicitation of a Minor
Illinois law states that an individual commits indecent solicitation of a child if he or she solicits a person under age 17 to perform sex acts and intends to commit criminal sexual assault, aggravated sexual assault, predatory sexual assault of a child, or aggravated sexual abuse. “Soliciting” is defined in the Illinois Compiled Statutes (ILCS) as requesting, demanding, authorizing, inciting, or advising someone to perform a certain act. Solicitation can refer to communications that take place in person as well as over the phone or using Internet communication.
The law also states that an individual can be charged with indecent solicitation of a child if he or she solicits someone who he or she thinks is a minor. Some indecent solicitation of a child charges stem from police sting operations like those in the television show To Catch a Predator. Even if you were actually communicating with an adult about sexual contact, if evidence shows that you believed the adult to be a child, you can be charged with indecent solicitation of a child.
Consequences of a Conviction for Indecent Solicitation of a Minor in Illinois
Indecent solicitation of a child can be considered a Class 4 felony, Class 3 felony, Class 2 felony, or Class 1 felony in Illinois. The criminal penalties associated with indecent solicitation of a child depend on the type of sex acts that were being solicited as well as other factors. The offense is a Class 1 felony offense if the sex act, if completed, would be considered aggravated criminal sexual assault or predatory criminal sexual assault of a child. If you are convicted of Class 1 felony indecent solicitation of a child in Illinois, you could face up to 15 years of incarceration and a fine of up to $25,000.
Contact a St. Charles Criminal Defense Attorney
Any crime involving a child is taken very seriously in the state of Illinois. If you have been charged with indecent solicitation of a minor, you need a skilled criminal defense attorney who can advocate on your behalf and protect your rights. Regardless of whether you did or did not know you were dealing with a minor, you need a strong defense. Speak with an accomplished Illinois Internet crimes defense lawyer from the Law Office of Glenn M. Sowa, LLC who can help reduce or dismiss your charges altogether. Call our office today at 630-232-1780 to schedule a free, confidential consultation.