Internet Solicitation of a Minor
Discrete Defense of Charges of Internet Solicitation of a Minor
Internet solicitation of a child charges involve the act of soliciting sex in a chat room, via social network, or other Internet communication mode with a minor who represents him or herself to be 17 years old or younger. Notice, this The criminal act occurs when there is an agreement by the adult to meet the child in person. Many of these solicitation accusations arise from “sting” operations. Others are from a child’s “outcry” to an adult about the situation. Regardless of the source of the accusation, it is delicate and can have a terrible impact on someone accused. You need someone on your side from the very beginning of your solicitation case. A skilled criminal defense attorney can make all the difference in how you are treated and how your case is resolved.
If you are falsely accused of soliciting a minor for sex over the internet you need a skilled criminal defense lawyer on your side immediately. You need a fast acting and hardworking attorney handling your solicitation case to work for a “No Bill” from the grand jury, a dismissal of charges, or a “Not Guilty” from a jury. Do not waste time!
A person may also face charges of internet solicitation of a minor when an adult pursues a minor for child pornography in an Internet chat room or other internet messaging or file sharing format. Internet-solicitation-of-a-minor and child pornography charges are extremely serious.
If you are charged with soliciting a minor over the Internet, Cody L. Cofer, Attorney & Counselor at Law can help.
You need to call a skilled criminal defense attorneyif you’re accused of:
- Internet Solicitation of a Minor;
- Possession of Child Pornography;
- Child Molestation;
- Indecency with a Child; or
- Any other Child Sex Crime.
Defending an Internet Solicitation case is challenging, and you need an experienced and committed criminal defense attorney to handle your case. You need someone that will fight for a dismissal, acquittal, or reduced sentence.
If you are facing these charges, you need to contact a discrete and compassionate criminal defense attorney with experience in trial and negotiating.
If you want someone on your side, contact us:
Fort Worth Criminal Defense Attorney Cody L. Cofer
Complimentary Criminal Defense Consultation
You can visit his downtown Fort Worth office: 300 Throckmorton Street, Suite 500, Fort Worth, Texas 76102.
Texas Penal Code Section 33.021
ONLINE SOLICITATION OF A MINOR
(a) In this section:
(2) “Sexual contact,” “sexual intercourse,” and “deviate sexual intercourse” have the meanings assigned by Section 21.01.
(3) “Sexually explicit” means any communication, language, or material, including a photographic or video image, that relates to or describes sexual conduct, as defined by Section 43.25.
(1) “Minor” means:
(A) an individual who is younger than 17 years of age; or
(B) an individual whom the actor believes to be younger than 17 years of age.
(b) A person who is 17 years of age or older commits an offense if, with the intent to commit an offense listed in Article 62.001(5)(A), (B), or (K), Code of Criminal Procedure, the person, over the Internet, by electronic mail or text message or other electronic message service or system, or through a commercial online service, intentionally:
(1) communicates in a sexually explicit manner with a minor; or
(2) distributes sexually explicit material to a minor.
(c) A person commits an offense if the person, over the Internet, by electronic mail or text message or other electronic message service or system, or through a commercial online service, knowingly solicits a minor to meet another person, including the actor, with the intent that the minor will engage in sexual contact, sexual intercourse, or deviate sexual intercourse with the actor or another person.
(d) It is not a defense to prosecution under Subsection (c) that the meeting did not occur.
(e) It is a defense to prosecution under this section that at the time conduct described by Subsection (c) was committed:
(1) the actor was married to the minor; or
(2) the actor was not more than three years older than the minor and the minor consented to the conduct.
(f) An offense under Subsection (b) is a felony of the third degree, except that the offense is a felony of the second degree if the minor is younger than 14 years of age or is an individual whom the actor believes to be younger than 14 years of age at the time of the commission of the offense. An offense under Subsection (c) is a felony of the second degree.
(g) If conduct that constitutes an offense under this section also constitutes an offense under any other law, the actor may be prosecuted under this section, the other law, or both.