Soliciting A Minor

Take Action Now To Defend Yourself Against Damaging Criminal Charges

Everyone is presumed innocent until proven guilty. It's one of the many things people appreciate when it comes to our criminal justice system. Unfortunately with sex crimes, such as solicitation of a minor, the presumption of law can be overshadowed by public opinion, which can result in serious damage to a defendant's reputation all before getting the chance to defend themselves.

At Boyce, Leahy & Francescon, Lawyers, we don't think you should be judged before you've had a chance to tell your side of the story. We're firm believers in justice, which can't happen unless you're given the opportunity to present a strong defense, allowed to protect your rights and given your day in court.

If you've been accused of soliciting a minor, inappropriate touching or a related sex offense in Virginia, our attorneys want to hear about it. We've had success representing clients in Prince William County and in all jurisdictions of northern Virginia. We know the law and how to defend your rights.

We Can Help Explain The Charges Against You

The crime of solicitation of a minor is outlined in §18.2-374.3 of the Virginia Code, and it is defined as using a communication system — such as print, email, text messages, the Internet or other means — to solicit a minor to engage in a sexual act or to promote the use of a minor in a sexual act. In some cases, allegations of solicitation of a minor can lead to additional sex offense charges, including but not limited to:

Charges can range from a class 5 felony to a class 6 felony depending on the circumstances of the case and result in up to 10 years in prison for class 5 felonies. If the defendant is charged again for soliciting a minor, consequences can escalate to up to 40 years in prison with a minimum sentence of no less than 10 years.

State And Federal Registration May Be A Consequence

If you are convicted of a sex crime in Virginia, you are required by state and federal laws to register as a sex offender. Under the Adam Walsh Act, the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) determines how long you must remain on the sex offender registry because of the severity of your crime.

Registration as a sex offender can do irreparable damage to your reputation and life, oftentimes costing you friendships, relationships with family members, your job and even dictate where you can and cannot live. It's important to take sex crimes seriously and take the rights steps when defending your rights and future freedoms.

We Have The Experience And Tenacity To Fight For You

At Boyce, Leahy & Francescon, Lawyers, we understand the damage solicitation of a minor and other sex offense accusations can cause. We also know these allegations aren't always true.

Our experienced defense attorneys will look at every aspect of your case, consult with forensic experts and take every necessary step to make sure the entire story gets told in your case. Founding attorney William Boyce will use his experience as a member of law enforcement to uncover misconduct, question witnesses and challenge evidence all in an effort to get the charges against you lowered, dropped or dismissed.

Start Building A Strong Defense Strategy Today

If you're facing serious criminal charges linked to a sex offense, start protecting yourself immediately by contacting Boyce, Leahy & Francescon, Lawyers, in Manassas. We will use our experience, skill and tenacity to fight for your best interests. To schedule a confidential consultation with a criminal defense lawyer at our firm, call 703-656-7349 or fill out our online contact form.