An out-of-state man is facing serious criminal charges in North Dakota. In addition to charges for alleged drug crimes, he is also accused of luring minors by computer. His bond was set at $100,000 and he is apparently still in police custody.
According to authorities, the 38-year-old man used a computer to communicate with a person he believed to be 14 years old. The communication was what police described as sexual in nature, both explicitly or implicitly applied. He allegedly also brought up engaging in sexual acts or sexual performances to the minor.
When police located the man they also allegedly discovered a significant amount of methamphetamine in his vehicle. Authorities also found a glass device reportedly used for smoking methamphetamine. Two charges were dismissed following his arrest, but three charges still stand. Those charges are for possessing a controlled substance with the intent to deliver, possessing drug paraphernalia and luring a minor by computer. Both the possession and luring charges are Class B felonies.
A Class B felony can yield a $20,000 fine and up to 10 years behind bars in North Dakota. Class A misdemeanors -- such as possession of paraphernalia -- are punishable by up to 360 days in jail and $3,000 fines. With so much on the line, defendants who are facing charges for drug crimes or other serious offenses may not want to delay their criminal defense planning. Getting started in as timely a manner as possible may help a defendant achieve the best possible outcome for his or her unique situation.