Attorney Eric D. Puryear

Enticing a Minor Charges in Iowa

Puryear Law » Legal Blog » Iowa Criminal Law » Enticing a Minor Charges in Iowa

In Iowa, the crime of enticing a minor is defined by Iowa Code Section 710.10 as follows:


Puryear Law offers free in-office consultations, as well as emergency after-hours consultations by phone for people with cases in Iowa and Illinois. See our consultation options.

1. A person commits a class “C” felony when, without authority and with the intent to commit sexual abuse or sexual exploitation upon a minor under the age of thirteen, the person entices or attempts to entice a person reasonably believed to be under the age of thirteen.

2. A person commits a class “D” felony when, without authority and with the intent to commit an illegal sex act upon or sexual exploitation of a minor under the age of sixteen, the person entices or attempts to entice a person reasonably believed to be under the age of sixteen.

3. A person commits a class “D” felony when, without authority and with the intent to commit an illegal act upon a minor under the age of sixteen, the person entices a person reasonably believed to be under the age of sixteen.


Request More Information

Making intelligent and informed decisions about your case is vital. Enter your email address to learn more about your legal options.


4. A person commits an aggravated misdemeanor when, without authority and with the intent to commit an illegal act upon a minor under the age of sixteen, the person attempts to entice a person reasonably believed to be under the age of sixteen. A person convicted under this subsection shall not be subject to the registration requirements under chapter 692A unless the finder of fact determines that the illegal act was sexually motivated.

5. A person shall not be convicted of a violation of this section unless the person commits an overt act evidencing a purpose to entice.

6. For purposes of determining jurisdiction under section 803.1, an offense is considered committed in this state if the communication to entice or attempt to entice a person believed to be a minor who is present in this state originates from another state, or the communication to entice or attempt to entice a person believed to be a minor is sent from this state.


The attorneys at Puryear Law are ready to put our skill to work on your case. Consult with us today.

7. For purposes of this section, methods of enticement include but are not limited to personal contact and communication by any means including through the mail, telephone, internet, or any social media, and include text messages, instant messages, and electronic mail.

The Class C felony version of enticing a minor in Iowa is punishable by a 10 year prison sentence, while the Class D versions are punishable by a 5 year prison sentence. The aggravated misdemeanor version can result in a sentence of 2 years in prison.

A person can be charged with enticing a minor under Iowa law even in cases where there was no minor actually involved (e.g. a sting operation in which a member of law enforcement is posing as a minor).  However, Iowa law does require that a person accused of enticing a minor actually commit an overt act in order to be guilty of the offense.

Obviously a charge of enticing a minor in Iowa is a serious one, and for that reason any person facing such a charge is wise to seek an attorney at once.


Tags for this legal blog article: ,


Related legal blog articles:

Legal Representation in Iowa or Illinois

See our Consultation Options to get the legal representation you need.
 

Request More Information

Enter your email address to receive information about legal representation from Puryear Law.


 

Map and Directions to Puryear Law

Puryear Law P.C.
3719 Bridge Ave
Suite 6
Davenport, IA 52807
Iowa Phone: (563)362-0901
Illinois Phone: (309)948-6699
Toll-Free Phone: (888)919-3719

Click the map shown below for turn-by-turn directions to Puryear Law's office. Map and Directions to Puryear Law