The charge of importuning often confuses the accused, as it is a term that is not part of everyday language. The first question many ask in these cases is, What is importuning?
If you are facing this charge, you need to know the importuning definition in the Ohio revised code, importuning charge implications, and what you should do if you face an importuning charge.
What Does Importuning Mean in Ohio? Understanding the Charge
Importuning is a criminal sex offense involving the act of soliciting a minor to engage in sexual activity. The Ohio revised code Title 29 Crimes-Procedure/Chapter 2907 addresses importuning.
An Importuning Charge
The law states, in part, that a court can find you guilty of importuning if you:
- Solicit a person who is less than thirteen years of age to engage in sexual activity; or
- Solicit another, not the spouse of the offender, to engage in sexual conduct with the offender, when the offender is eighteen years of age or older and four or more years older than the other person.
It does not matter whether you knew or had a reckless disregard of the age of the minor (i.e., it is no defense to say that you did not know the age of any of the parties involved).
Additional Aspects of the Law
There are numerous caveats and additional age restrictions within the law. In addition, the solicitation can be in person or via a telecommunications device, including communication via:
- Cell phone,
- Social media,
- Email, or
- Any other communication method.
This law intends to protect children from any type of sexual advances by an adult.
The Consequences and Penalties of an Importuning Conviction
The importuning definition in our State lists this crime as a felony, a very serious charge. Penalties may include:
- Permanent sex offender registration,
- Years in prison, and
- Thousands of dollars in fines.
If the court finds you guilty of violating the Ohio revised code importuning law, you will then have a criminal record.
What Should You Do If You Are Facing an Importuning Charge?
An importuning conviction can have far-reaching consequences. Therefore, you should immediately seek legal counsel if law enforcement charges you with importuning. Do not discuss the case with anyone, admit guilt, or attempt to make a deal with the police or prosecution without the advice and presence of a lawyer.
As the importuning definition categorizes it as a sex crime, those charged with the crime are often afraid, embarrassed, and fearful of others finding out about the charge.
If you are in this category, please be aware that our lawyers provide discreet, nonjudgmental, compassionate interaction with clients. We are legal advocates who focus on defending and protecting the rights of our clients, not condemning them.
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