Accosting and Soliciting A Minor For Immoral Purpose in Michigan
Accosting, enticing or soliciting a child for immoral purpose is a felony criminal offense in Michigan. The Michigan Penal Code 750.145a defines the crime and penalties of accosting, enticing, or soliciting a child for sexual activity or other immoral purposes. The person committing the said crime must have the intent to induce or force the child to commit an immoral act, to submit to an act of sexual intercourse or gross indecency, or to submit to any act of depravity or delinquency OR to encourage the minor to engage in any of those acts. For more information about this, you can visit this link: 750.145a Accosting, enticing or soliciting child for immoral purpose.
When a person encourages or solicits a child who is younger than 16 years old (see age of consent in Michigan) to commit any kind or type of sexual act, he or she can be convicted of accosting, enticing, or soliciting a child for immoral purpose. The first time offender will be charged with Class F Felony and can be sentenced with up to 4 years of prison time, fines up to $4000 or both if convicted of the said sex crime. For offenders with prior conviction, he or she will be charged with a Class D Felony and will face a 10 years of maximum jail time, fines up to $10000 or both. Aside from that, the person convicted with the said crime will be required to register as a sex offender on the Michigan Sex Offender Registry.
Few years ago, this kind of crime usually takes place in a public park or at schools. The defendant usually approaches the minor and ask for an illegal sexual activity or favor. But today, with the advancement of technology, this kind of crime now takes place online or via the internet. It’s usually at the world of social media (Facebook, Twitter etc.) that this kind of sex crime takes place.
Although the scope of the charge Accosting, Enticing or Soliciting a Child for Immoral Purposes in Michigan is very broad, it is a serious sex crime that falls under the same category as the Criminal Sexual Conduct Charges in Michigan.
If you or someone you know is accused of accosting for immoral purpose, hiring an aggressive Michigan sex crimes attorney must be your top priority. You’ll need an experienced criminal sexual conduct lawyer to fight for your side and your rights against this kind criminal charge.
If you are under investigation or have been charged with any crime, specifically sex and abuse crimes, and don’t know what to do, time is of the essence, you should immediately call former Chief of the Sex Crimes Unit Nicole Blank Becker.