When it comes to interactions between adults and minors, it is not only sexual contact per se that is a crime. It is also a crime to solicit a minor with propositions to engage in sexual activities.
Law enforcement agencies work hard to protect young people from sexual predators. In doing so, they often go to great lengths to entrap frequent offenders.
Police agents frequently pose as young teenage girls in chat rooms online, for example. They may pose as adult or underage prostitutes on Craigslist. Then, when an unsuspecting person on the other side of a computer screen meets the alleged "girl" at McDonald's, he or she is often surprised by a sudden arrest.
Were you charged with solicitation of a minor after interacting with someone you believed was a young teenager in a social media forum? Did police methods amount to inappropriate entrapment? Monckton, Hembree & Humphries Law Firm, P.A., can help you determine whether you have a valid defense because of the way police conducted search and seizure of evidence by luring you to a bogus encounter.
We represent tourists, students, juveniles and adults through all stages of a solicitation or criminal sexual conduct with a minor prosecution: first appearance and bond hearing, investigation, pretrial motions, plea negotiations, trial and sentencing. At every step of the way, we concentrate on protecting you from the risk of prison or other severe punishment while looking out for your long-term interests.
To learn more about the scope of our South Carolina criminal defense law practice, contact an experienced trial attorney at the Monckton, Hembree & Humphries Law Firm, P.A., in Myrtle Beach.