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Sexual Solicitation of a Minor

Solicitation of a minor for sexual purposes, whether online or in the real world, is a felony criminal offense in the state of Texas. If a person solicits a minor for sex, whether they know the person is a minor or not, a crime has been committed.

The law is specific in that a minor is defined as a person who is younger than 17 years of age or as a person whom the offender believes is under 17 years of age.

Undercover Stings Online

Undercover online sting operations may often pit the free-speech claims of a person charged with soliciting a minor for sex, even when that minor isn’t a minor but pretending to be one for law enforcement purposes, against the criminal justice system.

Another pitfall of this form of law enforcement can be claims of entrapment by defendants in these types of cases. However, once the undercover cop in the chat implies they’re under the age of 17, and the so-called offender pursues contact of a sexual nature or sexual intent, a crime is committed.

Angleton criminal defense lawyer Sandra Oballe provides legal counsel for individuals charged with offenses of this nature. If you’re looking for a defense attorney to represent yourself or a loved one on a case like this, the Law Office of Sandra J. Oballe is ready to assist.

Since 2003, Attorney Sandy Oballe has provided effective legal representation for individuals for all walks of life charged with misdemeanor and felony offenses. To contact Attorney Sandra Oballe, place a fast & friend phone call to 713-524-6656 or send Sandra a message using the contact form.

Sexual Solicitation of a Minor & Texas Law

The offense(s) is defined in Chapter 21 (Sexual Offenses) of Title 5 of the Texas Penal Code and Chapter 33 (Computer Crimes) of Title 7 of the Texas Penal Code.

Online Solicitation of a Minor

For purposes of the law, and as earlier stated, a minor is a person under the age of 17 or a person who a so-called offender believes is younger than 17.

Sexually explicit means any communication, language, or material, including a photographic or video image, that relates to or describes sexual conduct.

Criminal Penalties

Soliciting a minor for any sexual purpose is a 2nd-degree felony in the state of Texas. The sentencing guidelines for Second Degree Felony convictions include a prison sentence ranging from 2-to-20 years and a fine of up to $10,000.00 in addition to a sex offender registration requirement.

In addition to jail, the fine, and SORNA, the offender will lose their right to possess firearms and may not qualify for certain careers or loans.

Accused of Sexual Solicitation of a Minor?

Put Sandra Oballe, A Tough Lawyer, On Your Side!

When a person is accused of sexually soliciting a minor for sex or any other felony offense, it can put their livelihoods, family relationships, community standing, and career in jeopardy. As a criminal defense lawyer in Angleton & Houston since 2003, I know the best methods to address situations like this.

If you’re ready to learn more about your legal options, protect your rights, and properly challenge your accuser, the Law Office of Sandra J. Oballe is on standby, ready to provide the counsel you’ll need.

A conviction for a soliciting a minor for sex could lead to 20 years in prison, a fate that can be avoided with the guidance of experienced legal counsel. Contact Attorney Sandra Oballe today to learn more about your rights and legal options. Call 713-524-6656 to get started.

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