Being charged with a crime involving a minor child in Idaho, regardless of guilt or innocence, can have devastating consequences for the accused. Even if you’re confident that the legal process will ultimately prove your innocence, you will need to hire an experienced Idaho criminal defense lawyer as quickly as possible to ensure that all of your rights are protected.
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What is Child Enticement, Under Idaho Law
To entice means to tempt or attract by offering some benefit. Title 18, Chapter 15, section 1509 of the Idaho statutes describes the crime of Enticing children and the punishments for this crime. The law applies both to minor children and to "vulnerable adults."
The statute explains the Idaho enticement law, as below. The behavior of the accused must meet these specifications to qualify as a criminal act:
Either successful or attempted enticement of a child:
- to leave her/his school or home, or
- to go into a vehicle, building, structure, enclosed space, or alley,
- To cause the child to be out of public view,
- without permission from the child's custodial parent, or from someone else with custody of the child, or from the Idaho state government, or one of its authorized agents.
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Misdemeanor - This crime is classed as a misdemeanor. Conviction of the crime is punishable by imprisonment in municipal or county jail for a maximum of 6 months, or by up to a $1,000 fine, or both.
Felony - A second offense of this kind is a felony, punishable prison time in the state penitentiary for a maximum of 5 years.
The law does not apply to a child's lawful detention or providing the child with assistance or aid.
Enticing of Children and Additional Criminal Charges
Enticing a child is a serious crime. In Idaho, child enticement charges can have others added along with it, depending upon what kind of action the child was allegedly being enticed to do. For example, Enticing of minor may be combined with kidnapping charges or with charges such as enticing a child to participate in child prostitution or perform pornographic acts.
The degree of the penalty assessed in cases of guilty verdicts is based on what happened and on what the accused plausibly had intended to do.
If You are Charged With Enticing a Child
Even if there is abundant evidence indicating innocence, and regardless of how strong your reputation is in your community, you are at severe risk of severe legal consequences if you are found guilty. You will need to obtain an experienced criminal defense lawyer in Idaho to defend your rights.
You should only work with a lawyer who has a track record of success in this class of cases to strategize and build the strongest possible case for your defense in the Idaho criminal court system. Having the best criminal defense attorney Idaho has available to you when you face a serious charge is critical. If you have been charged with enticement of a minor child, an experienced Idaho criminal defense lawyer may be able to keep you out of jail, get the charge reduced, and possibly get the charge dropped completely.
Sawtooth Defense Lawyers, Boise Idaho
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If you have been charged with enticement of a child in Idaho, you need the best criminal defense lawyer Boise has to offer. Our experience gives our clients the advantage of a proven highly effective defense team that is fully dedicated to ensuring all your rights are protected.