Online Solicitation of a Minor Lawyer in Austin, Texas
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Online solicitation of a minor refers to an electronic communication (like email, instant messenger platforms, message boards, etc.) where a person communicates sexually with someone who is believed to be under the age of 17. The Texas penal code specifically prohibits sexual communication (“sexting”), distribution of sexually explicit materials (like videos or photos), and any sort of solicitation to meet in person. Many individuals who are charged with online solicitation are the targets of an elaborate “sting” operation. In these undercover operations, a police officer acting as a minor will lure an adult to an agreed-on meeting spot with the explicit intent of engaging in sexual activities.
Online solicitation is a felony offense. A felony offense, particularly one of a sexual nature, can have devastating consequences. In addition to affecting housing and employment opportunities, you may be required to register as a sex offender. This can be devastating. If you have been charged with online solicitation, contact our office today at 512-457-5200. Jason Trumpler is an aggressive attorney with over 15-years of criminal law experience. He has successfully gotten hundreds of cases reduced or completely dismissed. Call us today at 512-457-5200.
Upon arrest, many individuals claim that they did not intend to actually engage in sexual conduct, or that the conversations were just “fantasy.” The Texas Penal Code explicitly states that these are not viable defenses in a court of law. Additionally, even if you did not end up meeting up with the allegedly underage person, you may still be charged with online solicitation if you engaged in sexual speak or exchanged materials of a sexual nature.
The Texas legal system prosecutes online solicitation charges very aggressively.
Typically, online solicitation is a 3rd degree felony. If you are convicted of a 3rd degree felony, you may be sentenced to 2 – 10-years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
However, if the alleged victim is younger than 14-years old, the charge may be enhanced to a 2nd degree felony. If you are convicted of a 2nd degree felony, you may be sentenced to 2 – 20-years and a fine of up to $10,000. Moreover, an online solicitation charge requires you to register as a sex offender.
A strong legal defense will help your chances of having the charge reduced.
Contact Us at 512-457-5200
Jason Trumpler is a reputable criminal defense attorney who has successfully represented many individuals charged with crimes of a sexual nature. The courts can be particularly tough when the alleged crime involves a minor. He currently practices in Central Texas counties such as Travis, Williamson, Hays, Caldwell, Bell, Bastrop, Burnet, and Lee. Call us today at 512-457-5200.