Meeting a minor from a chatroom is not a good idea. Laws surrounding this subject vary from state to state. However, the consequences for such an action can be severe. It does not matter which state the offense occurred in, the penalties are similar. The following article will take a closer look at some of the possible consequences associated with meeting a minor from a chatroom.
Sex Offender Registry
One of the most severe consequences associated with meeting a minor from an online chat room is having to register on the national sex offender registry. Once this is a requirement, it will be a requirement for the rest of your life. When this happens, you will be forever publicly listed and identified as a sex offender. Sex offenders have limitations on what jobs they can have and even where they can live. For example, registered sex offenders cannot hold job positions such as:
- Bus driver
- Daycare attendant
They cannot hold any job position that will allow them to be near children. Sex offenders are also prohibited from living within a certain distance from places like schools and daycare centers, or any facility aimed towards children.
A Prison Sentence
Another possible penalty associated with meeting a minor from an internet chatroom can be a lengthy prison sentence. There are many determining factors the court will most often take into consideration when deciding if a prison sentence is an appropriate punishment for the crime. These factors can include:
- Ages of the minor and the accused
- The exact nature of the offense
- Prior criminal history of the accused
In some cases the judge will probate a prison sentence he has set, requiring the convicted person to see a probation officer regularly for a set length of time. In some cases, counseling will be a condition of the probation.
In addition to the consequences and penalties previously discussed, personal loss is almost always associated with this type of charge. It can not only ruin your business reputation, but you could also end up loosing your husband or wife. It can also drive wedges between you and other family members and friends.
Talk to a Lawyer Immediately
If you have been charged with a crime that revolves around meeting a minor from a chatroom, you should contact an attorney. An attorney specializing in this field of work can help you to minimize or prevent any legal consequences you may otherwise have to face.