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Are You Accused of Contacting a Minor to Commit a Felony? What to Know
Were you involved with a teenager that you didn’t know was under the age of 18 years, and they committed a crime? If so, the courts and the minor’s parents may try to get you charged with the crimes that the minor committed, along with charged for contacting a minor to commit a felony.
These are charges that could destroy your reputation and be on your record, and you want to hire a criminal defense lawyer to get the situation straightened out. The minor may say that you threatened them, encouraged them, persuaded them while they were under the influence, or got them to commit the crime as a part of a hazing activity. Here are a few defense tactics the lawyer may try to highlight for your case.
You Didn’t Know He or She was a Minor
Can you prove that the minor involved never revealed their age, or that you didn’t know they were a minor because you were misled? Do you have proof that they lied about their age so they could hang out with you, and that their behavior wasn’t that of a minor? If so, this shows that the minor couldn’t be trusted, they were trying to deceive you, and the minor was already making poor decisions before they encountered you. If you thought that you were befriending and associating with an adult, you were the one who was lied to and lead to believe things that weren’t true.
The Minor Participated Willingly
Do you have text messages, voicemails, or other types of evidence to prove that the minor was willing to participate in whatever crime they committed, or that they did it without any influence from you? If there is no evidence that it was your idea to commit the crime, or that they were seeking your approval, the minor committed the crime willingly and in their own interest.
If you can show the minor was eager to be a part of your group of friends, or to hang out with you, you may even have enough evidence to show that they committed the crime to try to improve their own image. It isn’t your fault the parent didn’t know where their minor was, or what the minor was doing.
The Crime Doesn’t Benefit You in Any Way
Do you have proof that crime doesn’t or couldn’t benefit you in any possible way, so you would have no motive to encourage the minor to commit it? Without a motive, it’s easier to prove the minor acted alone with their poor behavior.
Parents may want to blame someone for their child’s mistakes, and you don’t want to end up paying fines and possibly doing time in jail because a minor decided to commit a felony, and say that they were forced by you to do it. It’s important to cut off all contact with the minor and any of their friends when this case comes to life, and to talk with a lawyer right away.