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 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. (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.

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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.

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