Luring a child is a serious criminal offense in New Jersey that involves attempting to lure or entice a child into a vehicle, building, isolated area, or any other place with the intent to commit a crime against the child. This crime is often associated with sexual predators who target children online or in person, but it can also apply to other types of crimes, such as kidnapping, robbery, or assault. If you’ve been accused of luring a child, one of the most important things you can do is retain the services of a seasoned New Jersey sex crimes attorney. Fortunately, you are in the right place. The Law Office of Boyd & Squitieri has extensive experience handling these cases, and we are prepared to fight for you and secure your freedom. Read on and contact us to learn more.
How is luring a child defined under New Jersey law?
Luring a child is defined by New Jersey statute section 2C:13-6, which states that a person commits this crime if he or she:
- Attempts, via electronic or any other means, to lure or entice a child or one who he or she reasonably believes to be a child into a motor vehicle, structure, or isolated area, or to meet or appear at any other place, with a purpose to commit a criminal offense with or against the child.
- A child is any person less than 18 years old.
- Electronic means includes, but is not limited to, the internet.
What are the penalties for this crime?
Luring a child is always a felony, and is charged as a crime of the second degree. The penalties for a second-degree crime in New Jersey may include
- A criminal fine of up to $150,000
- A prison sentence that may range from five to 10 years in prison
- A mandatory minimum term of one-third to one-half of the sentence imposed, or three years, whichever is greater, during which time the defendant shall not be eligible for parole
- Registration as a sex offender under Megan’s Law if the crime involved a sexual component
Additionally, if a person is convicted of luring a child and has previously been convicted of another sexual offense, such as sexual assault, aggravated sexual assault, or endangering the welfare of a child, he or she will face an enhanced sentence of imprisonment.
Rather obviously, this is a very serious criminal charge, and you should never face it without the help of a competent New Jersey sex crimes attorney in your corner. Contact the Law Office of Boyd & Squitieri today so we can get started fighting for the outcome you deserve and need.