Accosting a Minor in Sexual Activity
Michigan Penal Code 750.145a: Accosting, enticing or soliciting a child for immoral purposes
Kronzek & Cronkright, PLLC is one of Michigan’s premiere criminal defense firms. We have focused on the defense of criminal sex related charges and false allegations of sexual crimes for many years. Our extensive knowledge, trial skill and expertise has allowed us to achieve many excellent outcomes for clients facing very difficult cases.
By definition, accosting a child is a situation where a person accosts, entices, or solicits a minor to engage in certain sexual activity or immoral acts. The actor must have the intent: (1) to induce or force the child to commit an immoral act, to submit to an act of sexual intercourse or gross indecency, or to submit to any act of depravity or delinquency, or (2) to encourage the minor to engage in any of those acts. Read Michigan’s penal code here.
Historically, this crime involved scenarios where a defendant approaches a child in a park or at a school intending to engage the child in illegal sexual activity. Today, this charge is most often brought based on internet activity. All internet crimes are serious and have severe penalties. Internet crimes require a sophisticated defense and a skilled defense attorney.
Penalties of Accosting a Minor
The potential penalties for accosting a minor are not light. First offenders face felony charges punishable by imprisonment for up to 4 years, a fine of up to $4,000, or both. Second and subsequent offenders face felony charges punishable by up to 10 years, a fine up to $10,000, or both. If a computer is involved, there are separate and severe penalties for the use of a computer in the commission of a crime.
Additionally, accosting a minor is a Tier 2 offense on Michigan’s sex offender registry. This means that a person convicted of accosting a minor will be on the public sex offender registry website for 25 years, unless he or she qualifies for early removal. Consult with an attorney to learn about possibilities for early registry removal.
Michigan attorneys with experience
Charges of any type of sex crime are serious. To combat aggressive prosecutors, defendants need an experienced, capable, and strong team of attorneys with years of experience defending sex crimes. Our attorneys are known throughout Michigan as being tough defenders of justice for those falsely accused of any type of sex crime. We are not afraid to take our cases to trial. We know how to defend your rights and we know how to win a sex crime case.
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