There are more restrictions than ever when it comes to traveling domestically and internationally. Because of the increased fears and concerns over the safety of children in particular, heightened measures to investigate adults traveling with minors are quite common.
In some cases, this increased scrutiny leads to the restraint and arrest of people who may have done nothing wrong. Nonetheless, they can ultimately be accused of a sex crime or other criminal offense for which they could face harsh penalties. In order to avoid the embarrassment and anxiety of being accused of a serious crime, it can be crucial that you take a few steps to protect yourself (and a child) if you are in the position of traveling with a minor.
In accordance with the suggestions of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, one of the best things you can do if you are traveling with a minor who is not your child is to have a notarized letter from a parent or legal guardian with you stating you have permission to travel with the minor.
It can also be wise to have any official documentation with you if there are legal or medical reasons for you to be traveling with the minor.
In terms of international travel, you will want to be sure the child has proper identification as well as passports, visas or proof of applications in order to leave one country and enter another.
These measures can be critical whether you are driving to a nearby state or flying to another country. Failure to have adequate documentation can lead to serious problems, including arrest and detainment. In some cases, you could wind up accused of traveling with a minor for reasons related to sex trafficking or prostitution. This can be incredibly upsetting and have major repercussions on your freedom and your future.
Considering all that can be at stake if you are accused of this type of crime, it can be critical that you ask to speak with an attorney immediately. With a criminal defense attorney by your side, you can protect yourself and work to avoid unnecessary charges and convictions.