What is an Importuning Charge?
Ohio strictly penalizes and zealously prosecutes anyone accused of importuning, which is the act of soliciting a minor under the age of 13 to engage in a sexual activity. These activities include prostitution and sexually explicit electronic messages (texting, social media, emails, etc).
People charged with importuning will be slandered in their communities, places of employment, educational institutions, and so forth before the case even goes to trial. Of course, the matter will worsen if a conviction is secured by the prosecution.
Importuning is a felony crime, which can be penalized with:
- Up to five years in prison
- Up to $10,000 fine
- Permanent sex offender registration
- Removal of child custody rights
The Law Firm of Bleile & Dawson believes that everyone who is criminally accused deserves powerful defensive representation. We pride ourselves on delivering just that and from a team backed by 40+ years of total legal experience. A history of impressive case results follows behind us, and we would be honored to have a chance to add your case to it.
Stand up for yourself now if you are facing charges for importuning. Call (513) 399-5945 to start your defense.
Defenses Against Importuning Charges in Ohio
Importuning charges are usually brought forth after someone allegedly flirts with or sexually entices a minor in an online forum. It is unusual for importuning charges to be filed due to an in-person encounter. As such, the evidence the prosecution can collect in an importuning case is usually questionable at best. Anything that occurs in an online forum, like a chatroom or through emails, is always highly suspicious, as there is practically no way to know for certain who is actually typing and communicating.
Questions to bring up in your importuning defense case include:
- Were you in a chatroom designated for adults only?
- Did the alleged victim make convincing claims to imply or state they were an adult?
- Did you ever say or type anything explicitly sexual in nature?
- Do other people have regular access to the alleged victim’s computer and online accounts?
- Were you entrapped by the police, who enticed you to engage in the conversation?
No matter how experienced the prosecution, there will be holes somewhere in their sex crime case. It is our job and mission to find the weaknesses and exploit them. Our Ohio importuning attorneys will not be satisfied until we secure the best possible case outcome on your behalf.
Arrested? We would like to talk to you about your importuning charges. Contact us today to start discussing your defense!