Individuals arrested or charged with Federal Attempted Enticement of a Minor face devastating, lifelong consequences if they are convicted. You need an attorney who is experienced in defending clients against federal crimes. Your future is at stake.
A conviction will result in a minimum mandatory sentence of 10 years in prison without parole, and a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. Additionally, a maximum fine of $250,000 with a period of supervised release that can be up to life might result from a conviction. It is necessary to entrust your rights and freedom to a skilled lawyer.
I am Charles L. Waechter, a criminal defense attorney with offices in Baltimore, Annapolis, Ocean City, Bel Air and South Florida. I offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case. Your future depends on the outcome.
Online Enticement May Be Charged as a Federal Offense
18 U.S.C. § 2422(b) (U.S. Code — Section 2422b): Coercion and enticement reads, in part:
Whoever, using the mail or any facility or means of interstate or foreign commerce, or within the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States knowingly persuades, induces, entices, or coerces any individual who has not attained the age of 18 years, to engage in prostitution or any sexual activity or inappropriate touching for which any person can be charged with a criminal offense, or attempts to do so, shall be fined under this title and imprisoned not less than five years and not more than 30 years.
Even though attempted enticement of a minor is a federal offense, it does not necessarily mean that state lines must be crossed. Depending on the factors of the situation and how egregious the facts are, it is possible that the federal government will get involved. It is crucial to get a lawyer involved as soon as possible. I can carefully examine the factors surrounding your arrest and work with the judge and prosecutor to reduce your charge or develop a plea agreement. Throughout the litigation, I will provide clear and honest communication about your chances for success and the steps that need to be taken. Trust me to diligently fight for your rights every step of the way.