Child procurement charges can be devastating. If you have been falsely accused of child procurement, it is vital to get help and fight for your rights. Your life will never be the same if you are convicted of a such a crime. You may face imprisonment, fines and other penalties along with all of the embarrassment involved in such a case.
Child Procurement Charges - Fighting for Your Rights
Child procurement is the act of arranging or instigating a meeting with a child for the purpose of having sexual relations with the child. Whether or not an actual meeting takes place, you can face charges just for attempting to arrange a meeting. With the Internet readily available to children and adults, the incidents of this crime have risen.
State laws will vary as to the exact definition of child procurement as well as the penalties for conviction of the crime. There may be enhancements, mitigating circumstances or other charges that accompany a child procurement charge. To fully understand the details of your charges, you will need the help of a criminal defense attorney.
The seriousness of the consequences in a child procurement case will depend on a number of factors, including but not limited to:
- The age of the alleged victim or child;
- Whether or not any injury resulted from the interaction, and in cases that involved injury, the extent or seriousness of such injuries; and
- The extent and length of contact and number of incidents involved in the interaction.
Other circumstances specific to your case may be considered by the trier of fact and the prosecution in determining punishment if a conviction is secured.
To properly defend yourself, you should discuss your case in complete detail with an attorney. Make sure that your conversation is held in a confidential forum such as your attorney's office. Submit to supply any evidence that will help clear your name. Your attorney can advise you of defense strategies and what evidence can help you.
Getting Legal Help
The sentencing for a child procurement conviction can include harsh penalties. Hiring a criminal defense attorney and working closely with your attorney to prepare your case and fight the charges is essential to maintain your freedom. An attorney will help you assess the strengths and weaknesses within your case and prepare you for trial. If you choose to plea bargain, an attorney will help you negotiate a lesser charge with the prosecution if possible.