What Are the Penalties for Soliciting a Minor in Florida?
In the state of Florida, soliciting a minor for sex is defined as using an internet service or an electronic device in order to seduce, lure, or otherwise entice a minor, to engage in an unlawful sex act. Even if one solicits an adult whom they believe is a minor, which is a tactic commonly employed by law enforcement, this is still considered solicitation of a minor.
This is classified as a Second Degree Felony in the state of Florida and punishable by up to fifteen years in prison, another fifteen years of probation, and a $10,000 fine. Additionally, if you use different devices or services to contact and solicit a minor, each one will be a separate criminal offense.
Since this is also considered a sex offense, the defendant will most likely be required to register as a sex offender. Failure to do so may result in a new felony offense. With a first sexual offense on record, Florida, and most other states, will increase the severity of the punishment for subsequent offenses. The long-term implications of this go beyond any punishment you may receive in a court of law. Employers typically perform background checks and, as such, you may likely face a lot of difficulty finding employment with such an offense on your record.
At Musca Law, we know that sex crime allegations can have devastating and long-lasting impacts on an individual’s life, beyond any prison sentence or fine. We will work to ensure that your rights are upheld if you have been wrongfully accused. The criminal justice is not perfect, so we will help you not fall through the cracks of its mistakes. Our phone lines are open 24/7, so call us today at 888-497-0216.