Accosting a Child for Immoral Purposes

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What is "Accosting a Child?"

Accosting a minor for immoral purposes is a serious crime in Michigan that carries severe legal consequences. It is considered a felony to accost, solicit, or entice a minor for immoral purposes. If convicted, the consequences are severe, including long prison sentences and substantial fines. If you have been charged with this offense, it is crucial to understand the gravity of the situation and the importance of building a solid defense. 

At Duplessis Law, we are dedicated to providing unwavering support and expert legal representation to individuals facing charges for accosting a minor. Ashlee Duplessis has extensive experience and a deep understanding of criminal sexual conduct crimes and is committed to fighting for your rights and protecting your future. If you’re facing these charges in Detroit or anywhere in Michigan, contact us today.

Understanding Accosting a Minor for Immoral Purposes

Accosting a minor for immoral purposes involves engaging or attempting to engage in lewd or immoral conduct with a child under the age of 16. This offense encompasses a wide range of actions, including solicitation, grooming, or attempting to entice a minor for sexual purposes. Convictions for accosting a minor can have far-reaching consequences that can irreversibly impact your life.

The Role of “Sting Operations” in Accosting a Minor Cases

Law enforcement agencies often employ “sting operations” to catch individuals engaging in accosting a minor for immoral purposes. Undercover officers or online decoys may pose as minors in order to gather evidence against potential offenders. In many cases, however, the target of these operations does not intend to actually meet the child for sexual purposes and only wants to use these conversations to vent or roleplay. They may also believe that the person they are talking to is actually an adult pretending to be a child. Despite these, however, prosecutors will still press charges if they deem the evidence to be sufficient. 

Dealing with the tactics employed in these operations and the potential issues of entrapment makes working with a criminal defense attorney all the more vital to your case.

Penalties for Accosting a Minor in Michigan

The penalties for accosting a minor for immoral purposes in Michigan are severe. If convicted, you may face significant prison time, hefty fines, mandatory registration as a sex offender, and other collateral consequences that can impact various aspects of your life. It is imperative to mount a strong defense to minimize or eliminate these potential consequences.

Possible Defenses against Charges of Accosting a Minor

There are various defenses that can be employed to challenge charges of accosting a minor for immoral purposes. These may include lack of intent, mistaken identity, false accusations, or challenging the legality of the evidence presented. 

Sting operations involve law enforcement officers setting up situations to catch individuals in the act of accosting a minor. However, entrapment can be a valid defense strategy. If it can be proven that law enforcement induced or coerced you into committing the offense, it may be possible to challenge the legality of the evidence obtained.

Our experienced legal team will thoroughly examine the details of your case to determine the most effective defense strategy.


Why You Need an Attorney Who Can Defend You:

When facing charges for accosting a minor, the stakes are incredibly high. A skilled attorney specializing in criminal sexual conduct crimes can make a significant difference in the outcome of your case. At Duplessis Law, we are committed to providing compassionate support, comprehensive legal guidance, and aggressive defense strategies tailored to your specific circumstances. We will diligently fight for your rights, challenge the prosecution’s evidence, and strive to secure the best possible outcome for you.