Solicitation of a Minor - Texas Felony Crime Lawyers
Solicitation of a Minor
The law prohibits a person over the age of seventeen from communicating in a sexually explicit manner to a minor or distributing sexually explicit material to a minor via the internet or other electronic means. To prove such an offense, the State must also prove the actor’s intent to commit a sexual act with the child. The law also prohibits the online or electronic solicitation of a minor to meet in person with the intent that the minor will engage in sexual contact or sexual intercourse with the actor or a third party. This law has changed significantly over the past decade, largely because of concerns surrounding whether or not the law is constitutional.
When it comes to child enticement or solicitation, it is essential to note that you can be charged even if no physical contact is made or no meeting occurs. It is common for online solicitation charges to be brought as the result of a chat between the defendant and an adult police officer posing as a child. Solicitation crimes are complex cases, often involving computer forensics, free speech and constitutional law concerns, and questions surrounding the law of entrapment.
Regardless of what sex offense you are accused of committing, you can count on Hunter, Lane & Jampala PLLC to treat you with respect, handle the details of your case with as much confidentiality as possible, and to explore all potential means of defending the accusation. Our goal is to preserve your reputation and defend your future.
Penalties for Online Solicitation of a minor range from a third-degree felony (2 to 10 years in prison and a $10,000.00 fine) up to a second-degree felony (2 to 20 years and a $10,000.00 fine) if the minor is younger than 14 years of age, or the actor believes the minor was under 14 years of age at the time of the offense.
If you are facing sex crime charges in Texas, please contact the skilled sex crime defense attorneys at Hunter, Lane & Jampala PLLC.
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