Houston Lawyer Online Solicitation of a Minor
Criminal Defense Attorney Serving Houston, Texas
There may be no other category of crime that can do as much harm to a person's
reputation as online solicitation of a minor. Even the suggestion that
you may have solicited a minor online has the potential to destroy personal
and professional relationships.
In addition, a conviction for online solicitation of a minor will result
in a criminal record that follows you for the rest of your life, and the
requirement to register as a sex offender for at least 10 years and possibly
the rest of your life.
Section 33.021. ONLINE SOLICITATION OF A MINOR.
(a) In this section:
(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.
(2) "Sexual contact," "sexual intercourse," and "deviate
sexual intercourse" have the meanings assigned by
(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
(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
(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
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.
Aggressive Sex Crime Defense Strategies in Houston
I know what is at stake and understand how embarrassing it is to be arrested
for online solicitation of a minor. I believe in the presumption of innocence,
which means I am not here to judge you, I am here to defend you. I treat
every client with respect and handle every case with the utmost discretion
and tact. I will be there with you at every step and see your case through
to the end. Call my office at 713-468-9333 to schedule an appointment.