Sexual Solicitation Of A Minor

A person may not, with the intent to commit a violation of Section 3-304, Section 3-306 or Section 3-307 of this subtitle, knowingly solicit a minor, or a law enforcement officer posing as a minor, to engage in activities that would be unlawful for the person to engage in under Section 3-304, 3-306 or 3-307 of this subtitle.

Solicit defined — In this section "solicit" means to command, authorize, urge, enforce, request or advise a person by any means, including

  1. in person
  2. through an agent
  3. over the telephone
  4. through any print media
  5. by mail
  6. by computer or internet; or
  7. by any electronics means

A person who violates this section is guilty of a felony and if convicted is subject to imprisonment not exceeding 10 years or a fine not exceeding $25,000 or both.

Tell me about your case. Tell me about the facts of your case. My firm will check the elements of the Maryland sexual solicitation of a minor statue to make sure that the state can prove its case against you.

One question I always ask is "Did the law enforcement agency illegally entrap you?"

These law enforcement officers go online to posts made on Craigslist. They pretend to be adolescents often using false photos and using the types of language commonly used by teenagers. You may have originally posted generically for a woman. Then unknown to you, you then start receiving texts, emails and/or phone calls from a law enforcement officer. The law enforcement officer chats you up for a while and then identifies himself or herself as a 13-year-old or 14-year-old adolescent. You are then coaxed into Maryland to a location to meet the teenager and are arrested and charged with solicitation of a minor. If this happened to you, please call me at 410-641-2999 or 443-783-2451. I may be able to help.

I will aggressively check the facts of your case to make sure you haven't been illegally entrapped. The defense of entrapment in Maryland is a complicated area of the law.

The defendant may not be convicted of the crime if he or she was entrapped by the government to commit the crime.

Entrapment Occurs if:

  1. The defendant was not predisposed to commit (crime) prior to the time (law enforcement) (someone acting on behalf of law enforcement) made contact with him/her; and
  2. The defendant was induced or persuaded by law enforcement/someone acting on behalf of law enforcement to commit crime.

In order to convict the defendant, the state must show that law enforcement did not entrap the defendant. In other words, you are required to find the defendant not guilty unless the state has persuaded you, beyond a reasonable doubt, that at least one of the factors required to prove entrapment was absent.