Online Solicitation of a Minor
In today's society there are so many ways to contact others-- via text message, chat rooms, dating sites, Facebook, Craigslist, and other forms of social media.
Most people think that criminal charges for online sex crimes derive from specific searches related to "kiddie porn" or other sex crimes against children; however, this is not always the case.
Many people across Montgomery and Harris Counties find themselves in criminal trouble after surfing the internet. Common online sex crimes include the following:
- Online Solicitation of a Minor
- Online Impersonation
- Possession of Child Pornography
- Distribution of Child Pornography
Online Solicitation of A Minor Attorney in Montgomery County
Online Solicitation of a Minor is defined as the intentional communication in a sexually explicit manner with a minor or distribution of sexually explicit material to a minor. A minor is any person under the age of 18 or an individual the offer believes is under the age of 18. Texas Penal Code Section 33.021.
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.
Defenses to Online Solicitation of a Minor in Texas
It is not a defense to the prosecution that the meeting did not occur. While the statute seems over broad, Courts have continuously upheld constitutional challenges to the statute.
The most common defense to online solicitation of a minor charges is entrapment. Entrapment is a viable defense if (1) the accused was induced to engage in the conduct by a law enforcement agent; and (2) the means of inducement used were likely to cause persons, not the accused, to commit the offense.
Sex Crime Defense Lawyer- Houston, Texas
Mounting a strong defense to such serious charges, which can result in imprisonment for up to 20 years and mandatory registration as a sex offender, can be challenging. It is important to consult an experienced online solicitation of a minor defense lawyer about your case.
Tatiauna Holland of the Holland Law Firm, PLLC represents individuals facing a variety of sex crime offenses, including online solicitation of a minor, prostitution, possession of child pornography, and more. Contact the Holland Law Firm, PLLC at (936) 539-6882 or submit an online form to schedule a confidential consultation in Houston, Conroe, The Woodlands, Tomball, Spring, and surrounding areas.