Indecent solicitation of a child, defined under 720 ILCS 5/11-6, has two separate variations under which a person can be charged:

  1. When an individual of 17 years or older knowingly solicits a child or someone they believe to be a child to perform an act of sexual penetration or conduct, with the intent to commit criminal sexual assault, aggravated criminal sexual assault, aggravated criminal sexual abuse, or predatory criminal sexual assault, or
  2. when an individual of 17 years or older knowingly discusses an act of sexual penetration or conduct over the internet with a child or someone they believe to be a child, and this is done with the intent to commit aggravated criminal sexual assault, predatory criminal sexual assault, or aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

What is Indecent Solicitation in Illinois?

The term solicitation can refer to any act that appears as urging, commanding, requesting, or even advising another person to perform a specific act. Solicitation can be done in person or through other mediums, such as over the phone, in writing, or through the internet.

Types of Criminal Charges for Indecent Solicitation of a Child in Illinois

There are various ways to bring criminal charges of indecent solicitation of a child, depending on the circumstances and intent of the solicitation.

Indecent Solicitation of a Child – Criminal Charges based on Intent

When an individual knowingly solicits a child or someone they believe to be a child, intent determines the consequence. The type of felony and the sentences for indecent solicitation of a child are different depending what crime would have taken place had the solicitation been successful.

Indecent Solicitation of a Child – Criminal Charges based on Circumstances

When an individual discusses an act of sexual penetration or conduct over the internet, indecent solicitation of a child is considered a Class 4 felony, which is punishable by 1-3 years in prison.

Illinois Sex Offender Registration Requirements for Indecent Solicitation of a Child Conviction

Regardless of which variation or felony class, anyone convicted of unlawful solicitation of a child is required to register as a sex offender in the Illinois Sex Offender Registry. The consequences of a conviction and the mandatory registry as a sex offender can have far-reaching negative impacts on an individual’s life. Because indecent solicitation of a child can be a very broad crime, it is important to contact experienced sex crimes defense attorneys the moment you find out you are under investigation.

Contact a Top Indecent Solicitation of a Child Defense Lawyer

If you or a loved one is being accused of indecent solicitation of a child or any other sex crime, the sex crimes defense lawyers at Dolci & Weiland are here to help. With over 26 years of experience in both prosecuting and defending sex crimes cases, we understand how sex crimes are handled by the state in the Illinois legal system. To schedule a consultation with our Top 100 National Trial Lawyers, call our offices in either Oakbrook Terrace, DuPage County, IL or Chicago, IL.

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