Online Solicitation of a Minor in Texas

College Station Criminal Defense Attorney

Sex crimes involving minors are often the most severe charges an individual could face. Not only is a defendant susceptible to long prison terms and expensive fines, but they must also register as a sex offender for the rest of his or her life.

If you are facing these serious penalties, it is imperative to obtain experienced legal counsel from a qualified lawyer. At The Law Office of Shane Phelps, P.C., our College Station criminal defense attorney has successfully helped clients facing criminal charges get favorable results for over 30 years. We can investigate your arrest, collect evidence, use the help of expert witnesses, and build an effective defense strategy for you.

Texas Online Solicitation Statute & Penalties

A person can be charged with online solicitation of a minor if it is alleged that:

  • The accused individual is 17 years of age or older
  • The accused individual acted with the intent to arouse or gratify any person’s sexual desire
  • The communications happened over the internet
  • The accused individual intentionally communicates in a sexually explicit manner with a minor (under 17 years old) or provides sexually explicit material to a minor

Online solicitation of a minor is often charged as a third-degree felony, which is punishable by a prison sentence between two and ten years, as well as a fine of up to $10,000. However, if the minor is younger than 14 years of age or the actor believes he or she is younger than 14, then it is raised to a second-degree felony. A second-degree felony is punishable by a prison sentence between two and 20 years, as well as a fine of up to $10,000.

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