Serious Defense Against Solicitation Of A Minor Charges
Minnesota has strict laws regarding any type of prostitution and sex work, and penalties increase substantially if the crime involves a minor. If you have been charged with solicitation of a minor or any sex crime involving a child, you are likely facing felony charges, substantial jail time and large fines. You will also be required to register as a sex offender, which will impact many aspects of your life, including where you can live and work.
Sex crimes charges may result in state or federal charges. If it is determined that the crimes will have federal jurisdiction, the penalties become much more severe.
It is essential to take these charges extremely seriously. Attorney Matthew J. Mankey has spent more than two decades defending people charged with serious sex crimes in the Minneapolis and the western suburbs area, and he has developed a reputation among prosecutors as a skilled defender.
What Are The Penalties For Solicitation Of A Minor?
Under Minnesota law, any solicitation or sex trafficking involving people under age 18 is considered sex trafficking in the first degree. Penalties may include:
- Up to 20 years in prison
- Up to $50,000 in fines
- Requirement to register as a sex offender (predatory offender)
Prison sentences and fines can be increased if there are certain aggravating factors, including:
- Previous sex trafficking offenses
- Offenses involving multiple victims
- Physical harm to the victim or victims
The penalties referenced are based on statutes, which prohibit the conduct under state and federal law. In both state and federal systems, sentencing guidelines are used by courts to determine the punishment.
If convicted, determining the sentence correctly is an integral part of devising a strategic defense and is often a complicated process. This is particularly the case in federal court. The Mankey Law Office has the experience in both state and federal courts to make recommendations on how a case should be defended.
Act Fast To Earn A Serious Defense
When facing serious solicitation charges or other sex crimes charges, it is crucial to secure skilled representation. Discuss your case and legal defense options for solicitation of a minor with our experienced Minneapolis lawyer at a free consultation. Call Mankey Law Office at 612-424-9454 or contact us online.