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Solicitation of a Child Using the Internet

Law enforcement agencies dedicate significate amounts of manpower, money and resources to organize and carry out investigations that target adults who are communicating with minors online.   When these communications are sexual in nature, the result can be devastating for the person charged with this serious felony offense.

Solicitation of a Child Using the Internet can be found in Florida Statute 847.0135(3), (Certain Uses of Computer Services or Devices Prohibited) and includes:

  • knowingly using a computer online service, Internet service, local bulletin board service, or any other device capable of electronic data storage or transmission to:
    • Seduce, solicit, lure, or entice, or attempt to seduce, solicit, lure, or entice, a child or another person believed by the person to be a child, to commit any illegal act described in chapter 794, chapter 800, or chapter 827, or to otherwise engage in any unlawful sexual conduct with a child or with another person believed by the person to be a child; or
    • Solicit, lure, or entice, or attempt to solicit, lure, or entice a parent, legal guardian, or custodian of a child or a person believed to be a parent, legal guardian, or custodian of a child to consent to the participation of such child in any act described in chapter 794, chapter 800, or chapter 827, or to otherwise engage in any sexual conduct.

PENALTY

Solicitation of a Child Using the Internet is a third-degree felony and carries a maximum penalty of five (5) years in prison, along with a fine and sex offender registration.

This charge may be enhanced to a felony of the second degree if a person solicits a child using the internet and mispresents his or her age.  A second-degree felony carries a maximum penalty of fifteen (15) years in prison, along with a fine and sex offender registration.

Additionally, each separate use of a computer service or device service to commit this crime may be charged as a separate offense.

DEFENSES

  • Lack of Seduction, Solicitation, Luring or Enticement
  • Entrapment

Statute of Limitations

In Florida, a prosecution for Solicitation of a Child Using the Internet must be commenced within three (3) years after the commission of the crime.

Get the Right Defense with a FREE Case Review

You may have been accused of Solicitation of a Child Using the Internet, but that does not mean you are guilty. There are many factual and legal issues that must be investigated and evaluated. Because of the complexities of a Solicitation of a Child Using the Internet charge, it is imperative that you speak with an experienced sex crimes lawyer right away.

If you or someone you know has been accused of a Solicitation of a Child Using the Internet sex offense in the Pinellas County or Tampa Bay area, it is very important that you contact an experienced sex crimes attorney immediately. Our team of attorneys, investigators and experts are highly experienced in defending sex crimes and will begin building your defense today.

Contact us for a free analysis of your case at our local office located in Clearwater, Florida. Contact Powers Sellers & Finkelstein, PLC today at (727) 531-2926 to learn about your legal options if you have been accused of Solicitation of a Child Using the Internet. Start building your defense immediately!

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