Transportation of Minors Attorney
The Federal government takes sex crimes involving minors very seriously. There are severe consequences for anyone who engages in criminal sexual activity, regardless of their role. For instance, you can face penalties if you engage in sexual activity with a minor, or if you provide transportation to the minor with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct. Transportation of minors charges still fall under the broad scope of sex crimes legislation. The law outlines five subcategories of the offense, all of which are punishable by fines, imprisonment, and more. If you’ve been accused of transporting a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, reach out to a federal sex offenses attorney as soon as possible.
Sex crimes involving minors are complex and you will require an airtight defense if you want to receive a favorable outcome. Never go it alone without an experienced sex crime defense lawyer on your side. The Grabel & Associates team is available now to begin protecting you.
Understanding Transportation of Minors Charges
The transportation of minors law breaks down five different scenarios in which someone could face transportation of minors charges:
- Transportation with Intent to Engage in Criminal Sexual Activity
It is illegal to knowingly provide a form of transportation to anyone under the age of 18 with intent that he or she will engage in an illegal sexual activity.
- Travel with Intent to Engage in Illicit Sexual Conduct
It is illegal to travel in interstate commerce or into the United States with the purpose of engaging in illicit sexual conduct. Illicit sexual conduct is defined as a sexual act with an individual under the age of 18, a commercial sex act with a person under the age of 18, or the production of child pornography.
- Engaging in Illicit Sexual Conduct in Foreign Places
It is illegal for a United States resident to travel into a foreign country and engage in illicit sexual conduct. Citizens and aliens admitted for permanent residents can be charged with this crime.
- Ancillary Offenses
If you receive commercial advantage or monetary gain, it is illegal to knowingly facilitate the transportation of an individual traveling for the purpose of engaging in illicit sexual conduct.
- Attempt and Conspiracy
An individual that attempted or conspired to violate any of the above can be punished as if he or she actually committed the crime.
Punishments for Transportation of Minors
All of these forms of transportation of minors are very serious. Potential penalties may include large fines, jail time, or both – plus sex offender registration and other penalties. The subsections of the law have different minimum and maximum sentences, dependent on the severity of the offense. Transportation with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity is punishable by fine and imprisonment for not less than 10 years, or for as long as life behind bars. Travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct is punishable by fine, imprisonment for not more than 30 years, or both. Engaging in illicit sexual conduct in foreign places in punishable by fine, imprisonment for not more than 30 years, or both. Ancillary offenses are punishable by fine, imprisonment for not more than 30 years, or both. Attempt and conspiracy is punishable in the same manner as the completed violation.
Our Approach to Transportation of Minors Cases
The Grabel & Associates team has extensive experience defending Michigan’s wrongfully accused and is ready to step in and fight on your behalf at any stage of your case. We provide ample attention to every case that crosses our desk, doing the necessary research to develop a thorough defense. We’ll even conduct our own investigation in an attempt to prove your innocence. Common approaches to transportation of minors defense is demonstrating that the individual involved was over the age of 18, or that the defendant had reason to believe he or she was over the legal age. If this defense won’t work in your case, we’ll tirelessly search for strong approach to earn you a fair shot at justice.
Contact Us for 24/7 Criminal Defense in Michigan
If you’re under investigation for the transportation of minors, call our defense firm at 1-800-677-9795. A skilled case analyst is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide you with a free initial case consultation.