If you have been charged with online solicitation contact a Philadelphia criminal defense lawyer from the law office of The Zeiger Firm. Our online solicitation attorneys understand why it is vitally important to have an attorney represent the accused as early as possible in online solicitation cases. With aggressive investigation and lawyering, the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania criminal defense attorneys at The Zeiger Firm have convinced authorities to drop and dismiss cases at their inception, before reputations are ruined. When cases do go forward, our criminal defense attorneys understand the various crimes that a person may be charged with, and will aggressively and zealously defend you against these charges.

Federal Laws on Online Solicitation

The government has repeatedly stated that it will do everything it can to protect children from exposure to sexually explicit, although not always obscene, materials available online. The government uses several federal laws to prosecute persons accused of child pornography and online solicitation, including the Communications Decency Act of 1996 and the 1996 Child Pornography Prevention Act, which expanded the definition of child pornography to include: “any visual depiction, including any photograph, film, video, picture, drawing or computer or computer-generated image or picture, which is produced by electronic, mechanical or other means, of sexually explicit conduct, where:

  1. its production involved the use of a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct, or;
  2. such visual depiction is, or appears to be, of a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct;
  3. such visual depiction has been created, adapted, or modified to appear that an ‘identifiable minor’ is engaging in sexually explicit conduct; or
  4. it is advertised, distributed, promoted or presented in such a manner as to convey the impression that it is a visual depiction of a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct.”

Penalties For Online Solicitation

Under the Child Pornography Prevention Act, persons convicted of online solicitation would receive a jail term of five years for possession offenses and life imprisonment for repeat offenders convicted of sexual abuse of a minor.

Call Our Online Solicitation of a Minor Attorney

The Philadelphia, Pennsylvania criminal defense lawyers at The Zeiger Firm understand the laws, rules and procedures necessary to defend clients charged with online solicitation and child pornography. We advocate zealously, never forgetting that our most important goal is obtaining the best results for our clients, whether that means fighting procedural battles or representing our clients before a judge or jury. We work hard for our clients, explaining their options and keeping them updated about the status of their cases.

When you need a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania criminal defense attorney to defend you when you have been arrested and charged with online solicitation or with possessing, creating, selling or distributing child pornography, contact The Zeiger Firm, who represent every client zealously in order to obtain the best results possible in each case. To arrange a consultation, please give us a call at 215-546-0340 or send us an email via the form below.