Florida takes sex crimes against minors seriously. Under Florida's Computer Pornography and Child Exploitation Prevention Act, traveling to meet a minor is considered a felony. Any person who travels with the intention of meeting a minor (anyone under the age of 18) to engage in sexual activity is considered to be committing a crime.
The penalties are harsh, as traveling to meet a minor is a second-degree offense and punishable by up to 15 years of incarceration and a $10,000 fine. The statute sets a minimum of 21 months in jail. Even more serious, however, is mandatory registration as a sex offender. Once you are registered as a sex offender, it is difficult to get off the registry. In addition, the information is public record and will follow you wherever you go, making it difficult to obtain employment and sustain a good reputation.
Charged with traveling to meet a minor? Take action immediately as your future and freedom are at stake. Contact an experienced Orlando sex crimes defense attorney today for a no-charge consultation.
If you are facing sex crime charges involving a minor, including solicitation and traveling to meet a minor, it is important that your criminal defense attorney be highly experienced. At The Law Office of Corey I. Cohen, our lead attorney has extensive experience defending clients against sex crimes in Florida. Corey I. Cohen is a former prosecutor and public defender and will aggressively protect your rights. He has helped many clients overcome the toughest obstacles and can help you do the same.
Helping You Avoid Serious Criminal Penalties
With child sex predator stings being played out on television on popular news shows, law enforcement charges people aggressively for sex crimes, including online solicitation of a minor and traveling to meet a minor, using Internet sting operations.
With charges of traveling to meet a minor, the key element is often "intent." Proving that you intended to engage in sexual activity with a minor is the prosecution's burden. We will do everything we can to help you get the best possible result. This may include a lack of intent defense. Another defense that can be used is entrapment (for example, an agent lured you and initiated contact or would not stop trying to communicate.)
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