Where do I go to get clarification about a particular law? Minnesota. None. I think I'm not answering these questions

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Customer: where do I go to get clarification about a particular law?
JA: What state are you in? It matters because laws vary by location.
Customer: Minnesota
JA: What steps have you taken so far?
Customer: none
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Customer: I think I'm not answering these questions correctly. I just want clarification on the interpretation of a particular law.
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Hello and welcome to JustAnswer. My name is ***** ***** I'm a licensed attorney. Please note this site is for general information for educational purposes only and my responses do not constitute legal advice, nor do your questions or my responses establish an attorney-client relationship or are subject to attorney-client privilege. Also please note that this conversation is posted online on a public forum.

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I am very sorry that you are going through this legal issue. Hopefully, I can provide you with general information about this matter to help you through the educational process.

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I hope you are doing well today! I can try to help you with the law if you provide me with the statue. I can only give general information but if you send me the statue I could try and interpret or help clarify anything for you.

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alright, first I would like to apologize for this mess. I haven't done this before.
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That's okay! no need to appolijize!

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I'm here to try to help you clarify, if I can, what you are having trouble understanding.

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I want to make sure I'm not wasting your time. As I said in my messy questions I am looking for clarification. lemme begin explaining my situation.
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If I can't answer it, I will let you know and atleast try to direct you in the right direction! Give it a shot!

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I need some clarification on a law regarding the internet. My mother tells me it is illegal for me to interact with minors over the internet after I reach the age of 18. neither myself nor my mother are qualified to interpret the law so I want to hear it from somebody who can. Is it illegal for me to interact with my online friends after I become an adult. I struggle to see any grounds for a crime since I physically cannot force online people to do anything. these people are my friends, they want to talk with me, and if they wanted to restrain contact against me they have all the power to do so. That is my first objection to my mother's interpretation of the law. My second objection is that if this law is so then web services like discord and skype are illegal because they provide a platform for anyone to talk with anyone. Which may include minors and adults. Sorry for this big block of text. Let me know if I am in the wrong place to ask this question. Also pardon any errors I missed.
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So, it isnt illegal to speak to a minor. However, it may open the door if the parents find out and make accusations. It is illegal, to meet a minor or send them sexual pictures or engage in any sexual conduct over the internet. It is always best to probably stay clear from talking to minors over the internet just to avoid any problems.

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does the situation change if the minors are above the age of 13 regarding the COPPA act? or is that irrelevant?
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also, could you direct me to a statue or law that I may use as reference.
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So, there is no law prohibiting you speaking to minors online. It's just usually better not to. However the law to

Solicitation of a minor is also a federal crime. Under 18 United States Code §§ 2422 & 2423, it is illegal to use mail, the Internet, or any other form of interstate or international communication to solicit a minor for sex. Furthermore, it is illegal to travel across state lines for the purpose of engaging in illicit activity with a minor or to send sexually explicit material to anybody younger than 16 years of age through the mail or the Internet.

Under federal law, convictions for these crimes carry harsh penalties. If convicted, an offender faces anywhere from 10-30 years in prison, up to $250,000 in fines and sex offender registration for life. These penalties increase if child pornography was created as well.

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Your state may have additional laws as well.

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alright, thank you for the clarification. Have a good day.
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You are very welcome!!

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