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Fort Walton Beach Traveling to Meet a Minor for Sexual Activity Defense Attorney

If you have been charged with Traveling to Meet a Minor for Sexual Purposes, you are facing a serious felony and need an advocate with experience and determination. Because of shows such as To Catch a Predator, these types of cases have received a tremendous amount of media attention. For that reason, many of the popular chat sites that are designed for meeting new people have been the perfect targets for undercover law enforcement to portray themselves as minors seeking a sexual partner. Any communication between the undercover and the would-be target is recorded and detailed to support probable cause for a felony arrest. These computer stings are completely legal.

For over 15 years, Flaherty Defense Firm has been defending clients accused of sexually related crimes in Ft. Walton Beach and the surrounding area. Our team provides a unique approach to these charges that you will see from the moment you speak with us. Call our office today, 24/7, for a free consultation and see for yourself what sets our aggressive criminal defense team apart from the rest.

What is Traveling to Meet a Minor in Ft. Walton Beach?

Traveling to Meet a Minor for Sexual Activity under Florida Statutes § 847.0135 is a two-step felony charge and is found where a Defendant, a person over the age of 18, while using a computer, internet service, or device capable of electronic communication seduces, solicits, lures, or entices a minor, a person under the age of 18, or the parent of a minor, to commit unlawful sexual conduct. The second step is the Defendant’s travel to the minor for the unlawful sexual conduct.

This means that talking to a minor, a person believed to be a minor, or even an undercover officer portraying themselves as a minor, while conversing about any sexual activity or inappropriate contact can leave you vulnerable for this felony charge.

By the time the Defendant has communicated with the minor and makes plans to travel to the minor, the act of travel is enough to give law enforcement probable cause to make an arrest.

What is unlawful sexual conduct with a minor?

Whether or not the minor consents to the sexual conduct is not relevant. A minor is a person under the age of 18 and therefore is unable to, in the eyes of the law, consent to a sexual act. Sexual conduct is broad in scope and can include actual or simulated intercourse, masturbation, actual or lewd exhibition of genitals, physical contact with a minor’s clothed or unclothed genitals, pubic area, buttocks or breasts, or oral copulation.

What are the potential penalties if convicted for Traveling to Meet a Minor in Ft. Walton Beach?

This charge is a second degree felony and carries a potential of 15 years in State Prison. The minimum sentence, if you are convicted, for this offense is 21 months with the Department of Corrections. This means that upon conviction, even if the lowest possible sentence is handed down, you face 21 months in prison. Further, you will be required to register as a sexual offender for LIFE. Life on the sexual offender registry will limit where you can live, where you can work, where you can go to school and whether or not you can be around your own children.

What can a Ft. Walton Beach Traveling to Meet a Minor Defense Attorney do for me?

While a charge as serious as this may seem hopeless, you do have options. We will review the evidence to ensure that there was no entrapment by law enforcement against you. We review every piece of evidence that the State has against you and analyze different methods to either fight it or make it work for your defense. We will take depositions of all involved and determine if we have viable pretrial motions that can minimize or eliminate the evidence against you. An aggressive defense is the best offense when facing serious sex crime allegations in Ft. Walton Beach.

Call a Fort Walton Beach Criminal Defense Team

For over 15 years, Flaherty Defense Firm has been making our reputation one client at a time by delivering results for clients when they need it most. Our strategies, experience, and expertise are what sets our team apart from other attorneys in Ft. Walton Beach. If you are ready to take back your freedom and fight, contact Flaherty Defense Firm today at (850) 243-6097. We offer a free consultation and we are available 24/7.

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