Chat Rooms and Online Solicitation of a Minor
So-called "sexual predators" are said to prefer Internet chat rooms over Facebook. As such, the police regularly monitor chat rooms and impersonate other people in chat rooms and on instant messenger programs, working to build a case against someone for a felony offense like sexual solicitation of a minor.
Why Hire Baltimore Defense Lawyer Jim Crawford?
Being accused of online solicitation of a minor or an Internet chat room crime can ruin your life. You may have engaged in perfectly innocent behavior - even if it was sexual solicitation - and yet find yourself facing charges. I've been defending people against these types of sex charges since 1992, before chat rooms were even in widespread use.
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How a Chat Room Can Get You in Trouble
Originally used to share text and have a conversation, chat rooms have expanded to include all types of activity, including online sex.
By itself, online sex is generally not illegal, but it doesn't take much before you suddenly find yourself being accused of "luring" a minor into a private chat or web-cam session.
In Maryland, the law centers on the age of the alleged victim and the intent of the alleged perpetrator. Felony solicitation of a minor in chat rooms for online sex (and other child sex abuse charges) still have to be proven - although the prosecution will do all it can to prove it.
Contact Our Sex Crimes Attorney in Maryland for a Free Consultation Today
It's your right to do what you want online, but it's also quite easy to cross the line and find yourself facing Internet chat room charges, even spending years in prison because of it. Don't let that happen to you. Send me an email or call 443-709-9999 for a free consultation.