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How Dating Apps Can Lead To Statutory Crimes

Dating these days is darn near impossible without using a smartphone. Unfortunately, turning to a dating app to meet people is turning too many young men into registered sex offenders, a designation with lifelong consequences (none of them good).

Some of these apps include:

  • Tinder
  • Grinder
  • Bumble
  • Snapchat
  • MeetMe
  • Kik

These apps are great for finding the woman you want to spend the rest of your life (or your evening) with. They’re also a mine field of potential criminal charges that can leave you unable to find employment or housing in your community and make you “that guy who can’t go near schools.” Is that beautiful girl 19 or did she just finish her eighth-grade chemistry homework before logging on? Guess wrong and you could find yourself behind bars for crimes such as:

A dating app’s lack of age verification won’t get you off the hook. With so much already having gone wrong for you, are you willing to roll the dice on your defense with just any lawyer? The smart bet is to get in touch with Roberts Law Group, PLLC, a firm led by a former prosecutor who has successfully kept young men out of prison and off the sex offender registry.

What Does Indecent Liberties Refer To?

Indecent liberties in North Carolina refer to a sex crime where an individual over the age of 16 and at least 5 years older than the child engages in immoral liberties with the child. It does not solely refer to intercourse, and the law does not account for consent because minors under the age of 16 are unable to legally give consent.

Are Indecent Liberties A Felony?

Yes. Under North Carolina law, indecent liberties are considered a Class F felony.

What Are The Penalties For Indecent Liberties?

Because of the severity of a Class F felony, those convicted of indecent liberties are subject to a prison sentence of 12 to 59 months. Sentencing could vary and is dependent on the individual’s criminal record.

Why is there so much talk about the risks for men?

Can women find themselves in trouble for the same reasons? Absolutely. But, statistically speaking, young men are the demographic most likely to find themselves in trouble. They often connect with teenage girls who are claiming to be older.

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Man or woman, doesn’t matter. If you’re facing sex crimes charges due to a dating app gone bad, contact us now to request a consultation with a proven North Carolina defense attorney.

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