The Crime of enticement is a crime related to children. It is described as “enticing a child for indecent purposes” by solicitation, luring, or taking any child under the age of 16 years to any place whatsoever for the purpose of child molestation or indecent acts. If you or a loved one has been wrongfully charged with enticement in Georgia, it can be incredibly frightening. You may not know where to turn or what to do next. Our law firm, Phillips Carson Phillips, is here to help. With years of criminal defense and trial experience, our team of defense team can provide the legal counsel and representation you need during this difficult time.
What is the Crime of Enticement?
According to GA § 16-6-5 – Enticing a Child for Indecent Purposes, the crime of enticement is defined as enticing a child for indecent purposes or child molestation. This offense is a felony and can result in long-term imprisonment and substantial fines. It’s important to note that if you are found guilty of this type of offense, you will be required to register as a sexual offender for the remainder of your life.
Penalties for an Enticement Conviction in Georgia
Under Georgia law, a person convicted of enticement faces up to 10 to 30 years of imprisonment, depending on the circumstances and severity of the crime. Enticement charges are often accompanied by other criminal charges such as child molestation, kidnapping, or assault which could lead to even greater penalties if convicted.
Defense Against Enticement Charges
Depending on the circumstances of the case and the evidence presented, there are several possible defenses that may be available. For example, if there is insufficient evidence to prove intent beyond a reasonable doubt, then it may be possible to argue a lack of intent to commit the crime. If there was no physical contact between the adult and the minor, then it may be argued that no attempt was made by either party to engage in criminal activity.
It might also be argued that any contact between parties occurred under false pretenses and not with the intention of engaging in criminal activity. If either party had been coerced into participating in any activity, then this could potentially be used as a defense against enticement charges.
Contact a Savannah Criminal Defense Attorney
At Phillips Carson Phillips, we understand that being charged with enticement in Georgia can be intimidating and overwhelming. We are committed to helping you navigate the complex legal system and provide you with the best possible outcome for your case. We will work closely with you throughout the entire process, keeping you informed every step of the way. Contact Phillips Carson Phillips by calling (912) 232-0081 or using our online contact form to schedule a consultation today.