Importuning may be charged when you have allegedly done any of the following:
- Tried to have sex with someone under the age of 13, regardless of whether you knew their age
- If over the age of 18, you tried to have sex with someone between 13 and 15 years old and more than four years younger than you
- If over the age of 18, you tried to have sex with someone either 16 or 17 years old, more than four years younger than you, and a victim of human trafficking
- If over the age of 18, you tried to get someone to have sex with you using a form of electronic communication when any of the following applies:
- The other person was less than 13 years old and you either knew their age or did not check
- The other person was a police officer posing as someone under the age of 13, and you either believed they were under 13 or did not check
- The other person was between 13 and 15 years old and you were more than three years older than them; you knew this or did this without checking their age
- The other person was a police officer posing as someone between 13 and 15 years old, you were more than three years old than the age you thought they were, and you either believed they were between 13 and 15 or did this without checking
Depending on the nature of the allegation, importuning can be a second degree felony punishable by up to eight years in prison.
Being charged with a sex crime can carry permanent consequences. If convicted, a sex crime can result in incarceration, as well as required registration as a sex offender in the state of Ohio. Anyone convicted of a sex crime must fight against a lifelong stigma, making it difficult to maintain employment, housing or permanent relationships. To ensure that your freedom is in good hands, it is vital to secure knowledgeable legal representation as quickly as possible.
At Soroka & Associates, we provide our clients with aggressive, experienced representation against sex crime charges. We will tirelessly pursue the best possible outcome for you so that you can get your life back on track. All options for a defense strategy will be considered, including false accusations, tainted evidence, mistakes by the police, and others.
Our attorneys are available to you 24/7 to make sure that your rights are protected. We also offer evening and weekend appointments to better serve our clients. It is crucial to retain the services of an attorney that ensures your case is treated with the priority it deserves. Contact Soroka & Associates contact us at (614) 358-6525 to set up a free consultation today.