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Child Enticement Charges in Maryland

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While child enticement is often thought of as an act of luring a child into a secluded area or vehicle, the internet has enabled potential predators to urge minors to engage in unlawful sexual conduct. Child enticement is a very serious criminal offense in Maryland, resulting in serious penalties such as prison time, fines, and registration as a sex offender.

If you have been accused of a sex crime involving a minor, our Baltimore criminal defense attorney at the Law Offices of James E. Crawford, Jr. & Associates is committed to protecting your rights, reputation, and freedom when all hope seems lost. We can investigate your case, analyze evidence, determine all your legal options, and build an effective defense strategy to get the best outcome possible.

Child Enticement Penalties

Child enticement in Maryland is defined as the act of luring or taking a minor child under 18 years of age away from his/her parents in order to commit unlawful sexual conduct. Even if no sexual contact occurs, a defendant may be convicted of child enticement.

Common types of crimes considered as child enticement include the following:

  • Lure a child to an outside, secluded area
  • Lure a child to a building or dwelling
  • Lure a child to a vehicle
  • Have sex with a minor
  • Engage in unlawful sexual conduct with a minor over the internet
  • Solicit a minor for prostitution
  • Lewd acts with a minor

Child enticement is considered a felony offense, punishable by a maximum prison sentence of 25 years and fines of up to $5,000. Additionally, a conviction can result sex offender registration in Maryland.

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