Solicitation of Minors

Posted by on May 31, 2017 in Criminal Defense | 0 comments

Solicitation of a minor, also called child enticement, refers to any act wherein one deliberately invites, persuades or entices a child under the age of 16, to enter any form of dwelling, such as a home, a vehicle, or an office, for the purpose of engaging in a sexual activity. Sexual activity, under this crime, includes fondling, sodomy, molestation, sexual assault and sexual intercourse. Actually, the mere attempt to solicit or entice a child below 16 years old, even if the act is never carried out, is still considered solicitation of a minor.

An article about solicitation of a minor posted in, says that the advancement of the Internet, has made it easier for adults to come into contact with children. When this communication becomes sexual in nature, adults will often be charged with solicitation of a minor. It remains illegal for anyone over the age of 18 to have any sexual communication with a minor, which can take a variety of forms—from luring children into sexual situations to sending them explicit content. Solicitation of a minor is a serious crime and those charged often face lengthy jail time and other costly penalties.

Sexual crimes involving children almost always have heavy criminal implications and if a person accused of solicitation of a minor or other sexual offense does not start building a defense immediately, the chance they will face serious criminal punishments rises significantly. Any sex crime is considered a felony and with that entails the possibility of jail time. The official level of a solicitation of a minor offense often varies with what the accused was trying to solicit from the minor. In many instances, the level of felony charged will be one degree lower than that of the crime being solicited. Some of the most common criminal penalties that people accused of solicitation of a minor face include:

Soliciting a minor to observe sexual conduct – Fines ranging from $25,000 to $100,000, and jail time between eight to 30 years.

Aggravated sexual exploitation – Fines ranging from $25,000 to $100,000, and jail time between eight and 30 years.

Section 2422(a) and (b) of Title 18 of the United States Code says that anyone can be charged with solicitation of a minor on the following grounds:

Knowingly persuading, inducing, enticing, or coercing any individual to travel in interstate or foreign commerce, or in any territory or possession of the United States, for the purpose of engaging in prostitution, or in any sexual activity for which any person can be charged with a criminal offense. Those who attempt (to persuade, induce, etc.) also be charged with the same offense and fined and/or imprisoned for not more than 20 years; and,

Using the mail or any facility or means of interstate or foreign commerce, or within the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States, knowingly persuades, induces, entices, or coerces any individual who has not attained the age of 18 years, to engage in prostitution or any sexual activity for which any person can be charged with a criminal offense, or attempts to do so, shall be fined under this title and imprisoned not less than 10 years or for life.”

Sex offenses where the victim is a child are among the most complex and challenging criminal cases to defend. It may be absolutely necessary for a person charged to have an experienced, tough, and effective criminal defense attorney on his/her defense.

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Challenging Your Methamphetamine Possession Charges

Posted by on Oct 13, 2016 in Drug Crimes | 0 comments

Charges for the possession of meth are exceedingly serious. The possible consequences of a conviction for methamphetamine possession can be life changing. Bearing that in mind, you will need to take every precaution you can to protect yourself now, while you still have the opportunity to do so.

Ending up in jail or prison can shave away some of the best years of your life, so it’s important to do whatever it takes to keep your freedom.

Possible Consequences of a Conviction

According to the website of Horst Law, when a person is facing drug possession charges, it is important that they develop a comprehensive legal strategy to challenge the charges that have been brought against them and work to avoid the serious consequences of a conviction, which can include:

  • Mandatory minimum prison sentencing
  • Probation
  • Court-imposed fines
  • Loss of drivers’ license

Though theses charges are serious, you need to remember that you have the right to defend yourself in and out of the courtroom. A conviction can lead to social hardship as well. Convictions can appear on background checks, which can affect your ability to get a job or loan. On top of that, your reputation may suffer as well.

If you have been arrested and charged with the possession of meth, you need to learn everything you can about the best possible ways to defend yourself from these very serious charges.

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Wrongful Death Claims – Grounds and Information

Posted by on Jun 26, 2016 in Wrongful Death | 0 comments

Death is an inevitable fact of life. But if death comes in the wrong place and wrong time, it can prove to be devastating. If the loss of a loved one is due to the negligence or wrongdoing of another person, the surviving relatives can fight back in the form of a lawsuit. While the death of the unfortunate victim cannot be replaced by compensation or any financial victory, it can give the survivors the opportunity to recover and get back on their feet.
According to the website of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck, PA, a wrongful death claim can help the surviving loved one recover from the significant financial burden that will be facing due to the loss of their loved one. However, state laws put a limitation on who can sue for the wrongful death. In general, it should be filed by a representative who is recognized by the law. It could either be an immediate family member, life partner, financial dependents, and putative spouses, distant family member, or all persons who suffer financially. This may vary from one state to another.
Wrongful death claims are based on the premise that the deceased not only lost his life due to the negligence of another person but also the surviving members were directly affected emotionally and financially. To become successful with their lawsuit, the surviving family members should establish the following:
The death of their loved one was due to the negligence, recklessness, or deliberate act of another person.
The surviving members should establish that they suffered measurable damages because of the death of their loved one
When proven, the surviving family members through their attorney can collect several damages from the defendant such as medical bills and burial expenses, compensatory damages for the pain and suffering they endured, and punitive damages from the defendant.

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Importance of having insurance coverage in Chicago

Posted by on Feb 10, 2016 in Car Insurance | 0 comments

Vehicle owners in Chicago at some point may find it expensive to get comprehensive car insurance. Factors like having a small income, expensive insurance monthly payments, or having financial problems are some of the reasons why people believe that they cannot get insurance coverage.

According to the car insurance experts from this website, the state of Illinois required motorists at the minimum to be covered by liability and uninsured motorist insurance policies. Such policies required by law are meant to provide “minimum” financial assistance to vehicle drivers after an accident; however, the coverage may not be enough for an aggravated person to recover from injuries or other financial loss. It is important to note that being covered by a custom-tailored insurance policy is like having an investment. Unfortunately, many vehicle drivers only realize the full potential of car insurance after being involved in a serious accident.

Serious vehicular accidents often translate to serious injuries and serious damage to properties. Vehicle drivers who have been involved in these kinds of tragedy may still find themselves facing great financial responsibilities if their insurance coverage does not suit their lifestyle. Depending on the severity of the accident, vehicle drivers often have to deal with expensive medical treatments and expensive restoration of damaged vehicles. Though the state does not require vehicle drivers to have optional coverage protection, vehicle drivers may possibly upgrade their car insurance policies depending on how they wanted to be protected.

Coverage options like bodily injury liability, medical payments, comprehensive physical damage coverage, and property damage liability are some of the offered through a variety of insurance providers. Individuals may be required to upgrade their car insurance if the lenders financing their vehicles requested it. Vehicle drivers who are interested to upgrade their insurance policy only need to ask for a quotation.

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How Divorce Can Lead to Probate Dispute

Posted by on Aug 10, 2015 in Family | 0 comments

A divorce can be a complicated and trying process for anyone to go though. Likewise, the death of a loved one is a tumultuous time in anyone’s life. The Mokaram Law Firm’s website also warns of the persistent issues of personal injury and wrongful death. Sometimes, issues from these difficult times can intersect, if there is a dispute regarding the estate of the deceased in cases where the deceased was divorced. This is a very complicated subject area and experienced legal representation is recommended in these difficult times.

Some common reasons for an estate dispute include: Disputes between children of deceased parents without a will, Disputes regarding the validity of a will, Disputes regarding the fairness of distribution articulated in a will, or Distrust of / suspicion of a trustee’s intentions or actions. Situations in which divorce can lead to a probate dispute occur for a number of reasons. In an alarmingly common scenario, the deceased could have remarried since their divorce but not updated their will to reflect the changes in their marital status. In other cases a divorce could be pending during the time period in which the deceased passes away. According to the website of Alexander and Associates, because all divorce cases are unique, dividing property and assets depends on the specifics of the situation. In situation where one party dies before or shortly after divorce proceedings are completed, a conflict can arise when it comes to the difficult process of dividing the deceased’s assets.

In these complicated legal cases, it is important that all parties receive the experienced legal representation that can advocate for their point of view. Often times these situations arise because proper upkeep of someone will does not occur. It is very important to have such significant legal documents current at all times. Having legal representation that is within your county and state is also important because property laws and regulations may vary.

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Car Defects

Posted by on Aug 8, 2015 in Injuries | 0 comments

Everyone aspires to safety and security on the road. The car insurance industry relies on people driving safely. If people aren’t safe, their costs ultimately end up being that much higher. Most drivers are wary and make smart decisions to avoid accidents. However, even the most cautious drivers can fall victim to severe accidents because of a defect or malfunction in their vehicle. There are many ways in which a vehicle can malfunction, causing a normally wary driver to lose control an end up in a severe accident. It is important to know the common defects that can occur in poorly manufactured vehicles so as to best prepare for the potential dangers of these issues.

The following automotive defects can lead to or worsen rollover accidents: seat belt defects, tire failure, roof pillar failures, and door latch failures. All of these defects, or a combination of these issues, could result in extremely harmful and severe injuries. According to the website of Iowa personal injury lawyer, LaMarca Law Group, defects may cause drivers to lose control their vehicles. These defects may not just cause accidents; they can worsen accidents already occurring. According to the website of Karlin, Fleisher & Falkenberg, LLC, “in the event that a vehicle manufacturer fails to provide safe products to consumers, the chances of a serious injury occurring increase drastically.”

Car accidents resulting from automobile defects are some of the most unfortunate accidents that can occur, because although they require no misstep from any drivers involved, they are entirely preventable. Sometimes car accidents are just that- accidents. Yet in these cases these injuries are the fault of the error or negligence of the car’s manufacturer. In these cases, the victim of such an accident may be owed certain damages, which are oftentimes paid by the other person’s car insurance carrier, according to the website of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.®.

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Importance of Dog Walking

Posted by on Aug 7, 2015 in Pets | 0 comments

We all love our pets. Everyone loves their dogs, and if it were up to most pet owners, they would take their furry companions with them wherever they went throughout the day. However, this perfect world in which we are surrounded by our pets at all times does not exist, and many people find themselves away from their pets for long stretches of time throughout the day. This is unfortunate for many reasons. The first is that pet owners miss their pets while they are gone at work or traveling. The bigger issue that arises, however, is that there is no one to care for or walk your dog while you are away. Luckily there is help! Businesses all over the country such as Walk! ATX offer dog walking services so your dog can get some exercise at times when you are too busy to walk them yourself.

Studies show that most dogs need to be walked at least twice a day for roughly 15 minutes at a time, however this number can change depending on many factors. Depending on the size, breed, and age of your dog, it may require more or less exercise. Either way, it is understandable that it can be difficult to manage a career and other household responsibilities like walking your dog. Many pet owners struggle to find the time to properly care for their pets during their busy schedules. Help from a dog walking company can be a perfect solution to these concerns their pet is not getting enough exercise, socialization, or time outside.

Pets gain various benefits from being walked regularly. They get necessary exercise to remain active, healthy, and not over weight, just like people! They get fresh air which can be important for any pet cooped up inside for most of the day. And they get socialization with other dogs. Dog walking is a necessary part of any canine’s routine and many are finding help to do what’s best for their pets!

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Reconstructive Surgery

Posted by on Aug 6, 2015 in Appearances, Injuries, Medical | 0 comments

When many people think of plastic surgery, they think of beautification. People assume that plastic surgery is meant to get rid of insecurities or to emphasize someone’s prized features. Some use plastic surgery to lose weight or remove excess skin. While these are all true, many do not realize that plastic surgery can be used for more than purely cosmetic reasons. Many suffer from severe injuries or burns which leave them disfigured and sometimes in a great deal of pain. Reconstructive plastic surgery can be used to help treat these injuries, and reverse disfigurement and ease discomfort. It is important to know the ways in which plastic surgery can be more than just a beauty tool.

According to the website of Bergman Folkers Plastic Surgery, “there are a huge range of injuries which can cause serious disfigurement and scarring that can interfere with your daily life, from dog attacks to severe burn.” Some examples of such injuries include ACell transplants which help to restore the body’s natural healing abilities, breast reconstruction after undergoing a mastectomy for the purposes cancer treatment, reconstructive hand surgery to treat anything from burns to carpal tunnel, and reconstructive surgery for burn injuries which can improve appearance, reduce pain, and increase mobility in the afflicted areas. These practices bring people not simply outward confidence, but improve their quality of life and aid in their recovery.

It is important to keep an open mind about plastic surgery and all of the ways it can help those who make the decision to pursue this treatment.. Some may seek it simply for cosmetic reasons, and many have found that is greatly improves their quality of life after such surgeries. Some may have never considered plastic surgery, yet find themselves benefiting from the role it plays in their recovery from a severe injury. In these cases, plastic surgery proves to be useful in many different ways.

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Different Forms of Medical Malpractice

Posted by on Aug 3, 2015 in Injuries, Medical | 0 comments

Doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals are some of the most trusted people we encounter. We trust them with our health and the health of the ones we love. Unfortunately, sometimes medical professionals do not live up to this trust. In some cases, a patient’s health or condition may worsen due to the oversight, negligence, or mistake of a medical professional. These cases are called medical malpractice. Medical malpractice is a tragic situation for anyone seeking medical care, and it is important to know of common situations in which this can occur and how best to avoid them.

One of the more common instances of medical malpractice involves cerebral palsy. Often times, the negligence of a medical profession can lead the development of a birth defect, such as cerebral palsy. According to the website of The Driscoll Firm, different kinds of cerebral palsy affect different parts of the brain. While cerebral palsy at birth is not an extremely likely scenario, these instances unfortunately occur at an alarming rate that is actually quite a cause for concern.

Another alarming example of medical malpractice is cruise ship injuries. According to the website of the Louis A. Vucci, “cruise ship negligence is often to blame for medical crew errors, but because most of these individuals are employed as independent contractors, it can be difficult to know exactly who is accountable for medical crew negligence.” Some dangerous medical errors occur on cruise ships leading to injury or illness.

These are unfortunate situations that are accompanied by a violation of trust no one should have to suffer. While sometimes medical errors are simply accidents, at times they are due to the error or negligence of a trusted medical professional and could have been prevented. In these cases of medical malpractice, the victim may be owed certain damages.

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The Difference Between Climate Controlled and Non- Climate Controlled Storage Facilities

Posted by on Aug 1, 2015 in Mini Storage | 0 comments

As people move homes or apartments, or downsize their houses, they often find themselves in need of a storage unit in which they can keep belongings they suddenly no longer have space for. When it is necessary to put things in storage, whether temporarily in between moves or for a long time when downsizing living arrangements, it is important to know the different kinds of self-storage and determine which is best for your situation.

Climate controlled storage keeps items in a consistent environment. The temperatures range from 55 to 85 degrees, and the unit is protected from dust, pests, humidity, and other conditions that could warp environmentally sensitive items. These units are often slightly more expensive than non-climate controlled units, but in many situations they are preferable and sometimes necessary.

Climate controlled storage units are recommended for environmentally sensitive items, or items that are being stored for an extended period of time. If you are unsure of how long you will need your belongings in storage for, climate controlled storage is recommended. For example, When it comes to self storage in Austin, Texas, the summer heat makes climate controlled storage preferable to anyone with delicate furniture or belongings.

Non climate controlled storage does not leave your unit exposed to all whether. These units are still protected from rain and extreme temperature as they are fully enclosed. However, these units are not inside a greater structure and do not have air conditioning. These are often less expensive and preferable for items that are not sensitive to the environment or for items that will not be stored for such an extended period of time. These different types of storage units can both be preferable for everyone’s individual circumstances. It is important to decide which is best for you, and best for your possessions.

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