Legal Question in Criminal Law in New Jersey

I engaged in a one-time internet sex chat with a 17 year-old ( I am 30). I am worried if she reports me because I have heard that it is a crime in New Jersey, & also a federal crime, to engage in sexually explicit chat with a minor. We didn't exchange pictures or pornography or anything, & we didn't talk about meeting up at all. How often, realistically, does the federal government, or new jersey for that matter, prosecute people for engaging in sexual roleplaying with a minor?

Asked on 2/13/12, 3:37 pm

3 Answers from Attorneys

Robert Davies The Davies Law Firm, P.A.

I have no idea. The prosecutors are going to protect our children.

I suggest you stop it immediately.

I suggest you go get some help, from a psychologist or psychiatrist.

And yes, you may have committed a crime.

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Answered on 2/13/12, 3:55 pm

Gary Moore Gary Moore Attorney At Law

24/7 You are lucky you were not talking to a detective, posing as a child. You would be sitting in jail right now.

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Answered on 2/13/12, 4:48 pm
Barry Kozyra Kozyra & Hartz, LLC

We have worked on similar cases in the recent past and they can be and are prosecuted. I suggest that you meet with counsel at once to determine your best course of action.

We have a number of lawyers here who could assist you. Please call for an appointment if you are interested.

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Answered on 2/14/12, 6:16 am

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