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federal sex trafficking lawsThere are certain types of sexual behaviors in the United States that are considered unlawful. This can include behaviors such as engaging in non-consensual sex, engaging in sex for money, or soliciting sex by offering items of value in exchange for involvement with sexual activities.

Many sex crimes are punished at the state level. However, there are also federal laws on sex of-fenses including laws that impose punishments on those who engage in transportation for illegal sexual activities and related crimes.

If you are accused of violating any of these federal laws, you could face harsh penalties. It is im-portant that you are proactive when you fight accusations that you participated in transporting someone for illegal sexual activities or similar offenses — which means you need to find the right attorney who can help you to craft a solid defense strategy.

LV Criminal Defense can help. Our federal criminal attorneys have worked closely with clients to evaluate the nature of the charges, assess the prosecutor’s evidence, and develop a defense strate-gy aimed at reducing the likelihood of conviction or getting charges or penalties reduced through effective plea negotiations.

If you live in Oregon, California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona or surrounding areas, you should reach out to our legal team as soon as you have been accused of any type of wrongdoing that has been made illegal under federal laws related to transportation for illegal sexual activity so our firm can fight for your future.

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Federal Criminal Laws on Transportation for Illegal Sexual Activity and Related Crimes

Federal laws on transportation for illegal sexual activity and related crimes are found in 18 U.S. Code Chapter 117. There are eight statutes within this Chapter of the federal penal code that define different types of misconduct, explain what prosecutors would need to show for you to be convicted, and detail penalties. These statutes include the following:

  • 18 U.S. Code section 2421 – Transportation generally: This statute makes it a crime, punishable by up to 10 years of imprisonment, to knowingly transport any individual in any U.S. territory or possession with the intent that the individual engage in prostitution or other sexual behaviors that could result in criminal charges. The statute also makes clear that attorneys general should grant requests by state attorneys general or local attorneys to cross prosecute violations, unless the AG believes doing so would undermine the administration of justice.
  • 18 U.S. Code section 2422 – Coercion and enticement: This part of the federal penal code imposes up to 20 years of imprisonment on anyone who knowingly persuades, induces, or entices someone to travel to engage in prostitution or unlawful sexual acts. Attempting to entice someone can also result in charges, while using the mail or any means of interstate commerce to try to persuade or entice someone under the age of 18 to engage in prostitution or unlawful sexual activity can be imprisoned for a minimum of 10 years and a maximum of life if convicted.
  • 18 U.S. Code section 2423 – Transportation of minors: Transporting anyone under age 18 with the intent that the minor will engage in prostitution or unlawful sexual activity can result in a fine, as well as a minimum 10 year prison sentence and a maximum sentence of life imprisonment under this statute. Traveling for purposes of illicit sexual conduct can also result in up to 30 years of imprisonment. The statute addresses attempt and conspiracy crimes too, as well as ancillary offenses such as facilitating travel for financial gain of someone who is traveling to engage in unlawful sexual activity.
  • 18 U.S. Code section 2424 – Filing factual statement about alien individual: Knowingly or recklessly maintaining, controlling, or housing an alien for purposes of prostitution or for other immoral purposes without providing required information to ICE or other U.S. authorities can result in charges under this statute.
  • 18 U.S. Code section 2425 – Use of interstate facilities to transmit information about a minor:This statute makes it a crime to transmit information about someone under 16 for purposes to solicit anyone to engage in criminal sexual activity.
  • 18 U.S. Code section 2426 – Repeat offenders: This statue imposes harsher penalties for repeat offenders who could face double the term of imprisonment provided by the statutes in Chapter 117 when convicted after a prior offense.
  • 18 U.S. Code section 2427 – Inclusion of offenses relating to child pornography in definition of sexual activity for which any person can be charged with a criminal offense: This statute makes clear that producing child pornography is considered illegal sexual conduct for purposes of the statutes in Chapter 117.
  • 18 U.S. Code section 2428 – Forfeitures: This statute specifies when property and assets will need to be forfeited in connection with crimes under Chapter 117.

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Getting Help From Federal Criminal Defense Attorneys

LV Criminal Defense can provide you with personalized assistance if you have been accused of a crime related to transportation for illegal sexual activities in violation of 18 U.S. Code Chapter 117.

You are facing criminal charges that could destroy your reputation and future, so getting the right legal help is essential to fight the charges and to try to protect yourself throughout your involvement with the federal criminal justice system.

A federal criminal defense lawyer at our firm can help you to understand what a prosecutor needs to prove to convict you for transporting someone for illegal sexual activities and can assist you in making it impossible for a prosecutor to successfully make the case against you beyond a reasonable doubt.

We can also work with you to determine when negotiating a plea agreement is likely to result in a better outcome and can deal with the prosecutor on your behalf to fight for a recommendation for minimal penalties or to convince the prosecutor to charge you with a lesser offense.

To find out more about the ways in which our legal team can fight on your behalf when you’ve been accused of violating 18 U.S. Code Chapter 117 or of committing any other federal offense, give us a call today.

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