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Los Angeles Child Enticement Defense Lawyer

If you were accused or charged with child enticement or a related offense in Los Angeles, you should have a knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer on your side as soon as possible. A Los Angeles sex crimes defense lawyer from Saffari Law Group will protect your rights and fight for a fair case outcome. 

We know how often people are wrongfully accused of crimes they did not commit and that the circumstances may not be how they look at first glance. Let us represent your best interests and protect your freedom and future. Contact us today to get started.

Our Los Angeles Child Enticement Defense Attorney Can Help You Understand This Offense

When law enforcement accuses someone of child enticement in Los Angeles, they are usually referring to engaging in activities meant to lure children into sexual activities, child pornography, or other similar illegal behaviors. Today, these allegations often refer to something that occurs over the internet or other electronic communication. Other words you might hear used in relation to these crimes include:

  • Lure
  • Tempt
  • Provoke
  • Attract
  • Persuade
  • Allure 

In general, child enticement crimes are based on contacting a minor with the intent of having them participate in a sexual act or the commission of another crime. Because “child enticement” is not a separate charge in California, the charges will depend on the laws the party violated or intended to violate. This could include: 

  • Penal Code 287 PC, oral sex with a minor
  • Penal Code 289 PC, sexual penetration with a foreign object
  • Penal Code 311 PC, child pornography
  • Penal Code 288 PC, lewd acts with a child under 14
  • Penal Code 288.2 PC, sending harmful matter to a minor
  • Penal Code 288.3 PC, contacting a minor
  • Penal Code 273a PC, child endangerment
  • Penal Code 261 PC, rape
  • Penal Code 261.5 PC, statutory rape
  • Penal Code 286 PC, sodomy
  • Penal Code 207 PC, kidnapping
  • Penal Code 209 PC, kidnapping for ransom
  • Penal Code 266 PC, enticing a minor for prostitution

Of these, contacting a minor is one of the most common charges associated with child enticement allegations. Another is sending harmful matter, such as pornography, to a minor. It is important to recognize that there is no difference between whether there was an in-person meeting between the accused party and the minor. The intent matters. 

Many people are trapped by sting operations when they are led to believe they are talking to a minor, but there is really an adult—often a law enforcement officer—on the other side of the conversation.

California law prohibits adults from contacting a child to commit a sex act, arranging a time to meet with them for a sex act, encouraging them to make inappropriate photographs or videos, or sharing pornographic materials. If they do arrive to meet the minor in person, the adult could face significantly increased penalties if convicted. 

Our Los Angeles Defense Lawyer Understands the Consequences of a Child Sex Crime Conviction

California courts hand down stiff criminal penalties for convictions related to child enticement. When the courts convict someone of a crime related to the luring of a child for sexual purposes, they will likely face significant time in prison, fines, a potential for lifetime sex offender registration, and more.  

Of course, even without a conviction, this type of allegation can greatly affect your career, relationships, reputation, and other aspects of daily life. You might no longer be welcome in your social group, friends’ homes, or even your home. You could face problems at work or school. Our sex crimes defense lawyer understands how difficult this can be and works hard to mitigate these effects in your life. 

We fight to avoid a conviction and minimize the penalties you face if a conviction is unavoidable. We aim to help you return to your daily life and put this behind you as quickly as possible. 

What Do I Need to Know About Sex Offender Registration?

Those convicted of many types of sex crimes must register as a sex offender under California’s Sex Offender Registration Act. Depending on the crime you are convicted of, you may need to register for 10 years, 20 years, or life.

Registered sex offenders must renew their registration each year, follow strict rules related to their activities, and update their information any time they move. Failing to register as a sex offender when required is also a crime.

Criminal Defense

When Should I Call a Los Angeles Child Enticement Defense Attorney?

If a police officer or another law enforcement party wants to question you about your involvement in a crime, you only have to give them your name and address. Then, tell them you want to talk to your lawyer. 

We encourage you to reach out to our Los Angeles team if: 

  • The police want to talk to you about a crime
  • You face allegations involving child enticement
  • Law enforcement arrested you for a crime
  • You face charges of a sex crime in Los Angeles
  • The police recently arrested your loved one on suspicion of a sex crime

If you call us early enough, we might be able to prevent charges before they occur. We can accompany you to interrogations, hearings, and your arraignment. We can also begin our investigation and preserve any time-sensitive evidence before it is lost forever. This could be crucial in clearing your name. 

Often, we fight child enticement allegations by arguing our client did not intend to cause harm or that they were unaware the person with whom they were speaking was a minor. A defense strategy based on intent must begin early in the case. With the right evidence, we may be able to show that you did not attempt to cause or cause any harm to a minor or that you were not involved in the alleged activities at all. 

Contact our team as soon as possible to give us the best chance at creating a robust case to clear your name and avoid the harsh penalties associated with child sex crime convictions in Los Angeles.

How Our Los Angeles Sex Crime Defense Lawyer Handles Child Enticement Cases

Each case is different, and we develop a unique defense strategy for each client. Some of the ways we may fight for a more positive outcome in your case include: 

  • Showing you were not the perpetrator
  • Presenting a strong case that supports dismissing the charges
  • Using pretrial motions to bar crucial evidence, weakening the case
  • Negotiating a plea agreement to lessen the charges
  • Negotiating a sentencing deal that reduces the penalties
  • Presenting compelling evidence for an acquittal at trial

Each of these circumstances requires compelling evidence to clear your name or demonstrate why the case against you does not accurately show what occurred. We use this evidence to support our defense. Some possible defenses in a Los Angeles child enticement case might include: 

  • The minor incorrectly identified you.
  • Someone else was pretending to be you.
  • The child was coerced into their allegations.
  • You did not intend to entice the child.
  • You were a victim of entrapment.
  • Law enforcement violated your rights. 

You can count on our Los Angeles sex crimes lawyer to listen to your side of the story, believe you, treat you with compassion, protect your legal rights, and build a strong case to fight your criminal charges. Contact us today for help with your case. You do not have to navigate this process on your own.

Why You Should Choose Saffari Law Group as Your Los Angeles Child Enticement Defense Lawyers

At Saffari Law Group, criminal defense attorney Ninaz Saffari and her team have the knowledge, experience, resources, and reputation you want in your case. We are aggressive and effective in defending our clients and fighting to clear their names or get a fair outcome in their cases.

When you trust us with your case, you have someone with skill and experience on your side. We will take the necessary steps to help you put this behind you. We investigate every case we handle, looking to understand what happened and expose the truth. While the law enforcement agencies listen to the accuser’s side of the story, we understand your side matters, too. 

Our case results show we know how to spot inconsistencies, fight unfair allegations and charges, and get positive outcomes for our clients.

Discuss Your Los Angeles Child Enticement Charges or Allegations With Our Team Today

Saffari Law Group represents people accused of child enticement-related crimes in Los Angeles. If you face accusations, police want to question you, or you were arrested for one or more of these crimes, call our team as soon as possible. Our criminal defense attorneys can begin protecting your rights and working on your case today. 

Contact us now to speak to a team member about your case.