Traveling to meet a minor is a felony crime under Florida's Computer Pornography and Child Exploitation Prevention Act. Contained in Florida Statute § 847.0135, the Act makes it a crime to travel to a location to meet a minor, or someone who is believed to be a minor, for the purpose of engaging in sexual conduct after first communicating with the minor via the Internet.
If you have seen NBC Dateline, you probably have a good idea what this offense entails. Basically, a person communicates with a minor, or more often an undercover law enforcement agent that they believe to be a minor, and then they travel to meet the minor in the alleged hope of having a sexual encounter.
Protect Your Rights
Thousands of people throughout the United States are arrested every year in state and federal sting operations that are designed to reduce the incidence of Internet sex crimes. If you have been arrested for traveling to meet a minor or any other Internet sex crime, it is important that you retain an experienced defense attorney who is committed to protecting your rights.
For the strong defense you need, contact the Law Offices of Mark L. Horwitz in Orlando, Florida. We will examine the facts of your case to determine viable defenses that may be used to your advantage, including:
- Motions to suppress evidence obtained in violation of your Fourth Amendment Rights
- Lack of intent: The state must prove that you traveled expressly for the purpose of pursuing sexual contact with a minor child. You may have been visiting the child for a legal purpose.
Even if the prosecution has an overwhelming case and you do not wish to fight your charges at trial, we can seek an agreement that might allow you to significantly minimize any penalties you receive. With more than 50 years of combined experience handling criminal defense cases, our attorneys can provide the vigorous defense you require.
Contact Our Orlando-Tampa-Daytona Beach Sex Crimes Attorneys
We defend clients throughout Florida who have been charged with sex crimes. To schedule a consultation with one of our Orlando sex crimes lawyers, call 407-401-7224 or 866-784-0023. You may also contact us by e-mail.
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