The very basic and simple act of conversing with a minor and encouraging them to meet or to indulge in a sexual act online on a video, can get the person charged with the crime of computer solicitation of a minor. It is not necessary or compulsory that the sexual act in question actually happened. Even if there was a conversation about it and you were in fact able to encourage the minor to participate in that sexual act in exchange for money then you can be convicted for this crime.
In the state of Virginia all crimes against minors are looked at with a very stern eye and nothing is let go of. In case of a sex crime, the verdicts are very strict and are to abided by very severely or the individual can face worse consequences. If a person is faced with these charges then his or her very first step should be to contact a good sex crimes defense attorney. The main reason for this is that in many cases computer solicitation of a minor will not be the only charge that will he placed on you. There can be more charges alongside that can be stricter in nature. In that case a person can go to jail for a long time and will also have to pay heavy fines. Even worse would be if the individual has to register him or herself on the sex offer registry.
In the absence of a good lawyer, anything can happen. Many people do not understand legal jargon and can get themselves into more trouble with the police in the absence of a lawyer. Which is why the moment you are faced with a similar charge and if you want to have a shot at a good life and out things behind you in a decent manner then you should contact a good lawyer. Even if there is too much incriminating evidence against you, your lawyer can get you a way out or an easier way somehow. This can only happen if you contact an experienced lawyer right away.
Being placed on a sex offender registry can be life ruining thing. In many cases the suspect can also be entirely innocent. The suspect’s phone might have been in someone else’s use and that other person might have solicited a minor. In that case imagine if an innocent person has to register as a sex offender. He or she would never be able to live in a nice neighborhood. They will have to leave their careers behind because decent careers do not give space to people who are known sex offenders of the state. They will not able to stay in relationships because no man or woman would want to date someone who has been known to have committed a sex crime against a minor. The repercussions of this charge are very serious. So if you have been wrongly accused and charged then call a defense lawyer at the earliest possible so that your lawyer is able to help you out.