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Will You Go to Prison for Arranging a Meeting with a Minor?

Posted by Ronald D. Hedding | Oct 02, 2023

Let's review whether you will go to prison if convicted of California Penal Code 288.4 PC for arranging a meeting with a minor for lewd purposes for some sexual act.

This particular crime seems to be getting charged a lot where people are on the internet, and they're arranging meetings with minors, which is often for the purpose of a sex act. 

Other times, it is for some other reason of an illegal nature.  I've seen a split in cases where people sometimes talk to an undercover police officer.  Other times, they talk to a live person whose family gets their hands on the person's phone and contacts the police.

In either situation, if the prosecutors can show that you are arranging a meeting with a minor for some lewd purpose related to sex, you are typically facing many years in prison. 

State vs. Federal Crime

It is a state or federal case, depending on who investigates the case or who gets their hands on the case between the state and federal government.

Obviously, if it's a federal case, you're probably facing much more time in federal prison than if the case is a state case.  Either way, you want to get an attorney with experience dealing with these types of offenses because you are facing:

  • many years in prison, and
  • registering as a sex offender for the rest of your life.

Of course, the stigma of having this type of sex offense on your criminal record, and lastly, you're obviously in danger if you go to prison with this type of charge on your criminal record.

Experienced Sex Crime Defense

I've been handling these types of offenses for the past 30 years.  I started out working for the District Attorney's office and then a superior court judge, and finally, I worked for the State Bar of California for some time. 

In the early 1990s, I began defending people charged with various sex crimes, including arranging a meeting for purposes of lewd acts upon a minor. So, if you need the best, if your future is on the line, if you've lost control of your fate, pick up the phone now.  Ask for a meeting with Ron Hedding. 

I will have you come in.  We'll sit down in the privacy of my office, or we can even talk over the phone and discuss the facts and details related to your case.

We can begin to develop a plan so we can defend you either by way of a trial and a preliminary hearing and fighting the evidence, or we can arrange mitigation and try to negotiate with the prosecutors to get you the best resolution possible, taking into account your rights, your reputation and your freedom. Pick up the phone now and make the call. The Hedding Law Firm is located in Los Angeles, California.

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