Child Enticement

Los Angeles Child Enticement AttorneyCriminal Defense Lawyers Representing Clients in Los Angeles, Ventura, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties in California Accused of Child Enticement

Child enticement is a very serious charge in the state of California. If you have been accused of this criminal offense, it is important to know that time is not on your side, and you must contact a skilled Los Angeles criminal defense lawyer at once. At The Justice Firm, we understand that people are often wrongfully accused of crimes they did not commit. While you are innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, a conviction can mean the difference between your freedom, a successful career, and good reputation, and prison time.

The term "child enticement" is one that encompasses numerous discrete crimes, and typically involving luring children to engage in child pornography or other sexual activities, frequently through the use of the internet. Child kidnapping and prostitution often fall under this umbrella. While this is a criminal offense in all states, every state defines it in its own way, and criminal penalties vary by state. In California, the criminal penalties for child enticement are extremely severe.

Child Enticement in California

Some refer to this offense as enticement of a child; regardless of the term used, it is the crime of committing a sexual act against a child through the luring of that child into a building, vehicle, or other secluded area. Examples include:

Committing lascivious or lewd acts with a child
Unlawful sexual intercourse
The solicitation of a child for the purpose of prostitution
Sodomy
Sexual activity with a child via the Internet

If suspected of child enticement, you may be charged at the state or federal level. In California, most offenses involving the luring of a child for sexual purposes are charged as felonies. This means not only severe criminal penalties including prison time, but being required to register as a sex offender for a lifetime. Unless noted otherwise, most offenses involve minors who are younger than 18 years of age.

Los Angeles Criminal Penalties for Child Enticement

The penalties for a conviction on child enticement charges vary depending on the nature of the crime you are accused of committing, and include:

Contacting a Child

Fines of up to $5,000
Maximum one year in jail
If a repeat offender, prison time
Lifetime registration as a sex offender

Seducing a Child

Maximum of six months in jail
Fines of up to $1,000
Repeat offenders may face up to three years in prison, and fines of up to $10,000
Five additional years in prison with record of specific other offenses
Lifetime registration as a sex offender

Kidnapping

If charged as a felony, fines of up to $10,000 and up to four years in prison
If charged as a misdemeanor, fines of up to $1,000 and up to one year in jail
Five additional years in prison with criminal record of certain other offenses
Contact The Justice Firm Now

Charges of child enticement should be taken very seriously, as your freedom and so much more is in jeopardy. At The Justice Firm, we are dedicated to providing you with unparalleled legal guidance and representation. We will fight aggressively to ensure you are not unfairly convicted or punished. We urge you to contact our office today, or call (310)914-2444 for a free consultation.