Have You Been Charged with Luring a Minor?
Luring of a Minor is a very serious offense under Arizona Law and can be
charged in court whenever a person is accused of attempting to persuade
a minor to engage in sexual conduct. Although most luring cases arise
from chat room and other online computer communication, any attempt to
induce a minor into sexual conduct can amount to luring. Most luring cases
are based on investigations involving the use of undercover police officers
assuming the identity of underage minors. While these cases are quite
serious and trigger potentially devastating penalties in the event of
a conviction, even harsher sentences are handed down in cases involving
actual children – particularly if they are under the age of 15.
Even more serious charges of Aggravated Luring are filed when the solicitation
of sexual conduct with the minor includes the transmission or sending
of explicit images. If you are facing luring or aggravated luring charges,
our firm can provide the answers that you need as you move forward. We
will work to ensure that you understand what you have been charged for,
how we can defend you, and the penalties you could be facing.
Penalties for luring may include:
- Lengthy prison sentences
- Expensive fines
- Lifetime probation
- Mandatory registration as a sex offender
Find out how the Law Offices of Joshua S. Davidson can help!
Luring charges are very serious – even if no physical meeting with
the minor ever occurs.
Joshua Davidson is an experienced sex crimes defense lawyer and will defend against your
accusations with the professionalism you deserve. He will conduct a thorough
review of the underlying police investigation and aggressively challenge
the prosecutor's case. There are many potential defenses to luring
and aggravated luring that may be available in your case.
For example, if the charges were filed based on a police investigation
involving an undercover police officer, the case will need to be closely
scrutinized for any police conduct that could constitute entrapment. Other
cases can be successfully defended on the grounds that the accused believed
he was communicating with a consenting adult who was "role playing"
during the chat sessions. Because many luring charges stem from online
communications, the ability of the prosecutor to prove the identity of
the person transmitting the messages may also be successfully challenged.
Finally, the prosecutor may be prevented from using the accused's
confession against him in court if the police committed a "Miranda"
violation when the statement was taken.
In order to navigate through the complications of this charge, you need
the legal advice of an experienced and qualified attorney.