Collin County Criminal Defense Lawyer for Solicitation of a Minor Charges
Lawyer in Plano for Those Accused of Compelling Prostitution
The state of Texas does not look favorably on those who attempt to engage in sexual activity with a minor. Any attempts to do so could result in criminal charges, even if no actual contact takes place.
At The Crowder Law Firm, P.C., we understand that there are several charges you could be facing if you are accused of soliciting a minor, and we are equipped to help you build an aggressive responsible defense. Our team has secured more than 250 not-guilty verdicts and acquittals for our clients over the last two decades. We are prepared to put our knowledge and experience to work for you.
Online Solicitation of a Minor Charges
According to Section 33.021 of the Texas Penal Code, the offense of online solicitation of a minor can be committed in two basic ways. The first is when a person age 17 or older uses emails, text messages, or the internet to communicate "in a sexually explicit manner" with a child under age 17 or to distribute sexually explicit material to a child under age 17. This type of online solicitation of a minor is a third-degree felony, but the offense could be prosecuted as a second-degree felony if the child is under 14 years old.
The second type of online solicitation occurs when any person uses electronic communication of any type to solicit a minor under age 17 to meet with the intent of the minor engaging in sexual intercourse or sexual contact with the person or anyone else. This type of online solicitation is a second-degree felony, punishable by up to 20 years in state prison. Such communication is not considered a crime if the person is less than three years older than the minor in question or if the two are married.
Compelling Prostitution Charges
The word "solicitation" is often used in relation to offenses involving prostitution. Texas law states that solicitation of prostitution in which a person is under the age of 18 is a second-degree felony. A person can face charges compelling prostitution for causing "by any means a child younger than 18 years to commit prostitution." The charges may apply regardless of whether the person knew the child's age. This offense includes offering a minor money in exchange for sex and forcing a minor into sex work. Compelling prostitution of a minor is a first-degree felony, and a conviction carries up to 99 years in prison.
Building a Quality Defense in Dallas County and Denton County
When you are facing charges related to soliciting a minor, you need more than just an average attorney. You need a tenacious lawyer who will help you meet the challenges of your case head-on. Attorney Darlina Crowder has earned a reputation as a defense lawyer who is not afraid to stand up and fight for her clients. She has handled several high-profile cases, and she will not be intimidated into accepting one-sided plea deals. Ms. Crowder and the rest of the team at The Crowder Law Firm, P.C. will work hard on your behalf in pursuit of the best possible outcome. We will do everything we can to protect your rights, your future, and your reputation.
Call 214-303-9600 Today
If you or someone you love has been charged with solicitation of a minor, contact our office right away. Call 214-303-9600 for a free, confidential consultation today. Our firm serves clients in Plano, Dallas, Denton, Fort Worth, McKinney, Garland, Collin County, Tarrant County, Grayson County, Denton County, Dallas County, and the surrounding areas. Se habla Espanol.