Traveling to Meet a Minor “Dateline to Catch a Predator” Cases
Florida Statute 847.0135(4) Computer Pornography; Traveling to Meet a Minor states:
TRAVELING TO MEET A MINOR – Any person who travels any distance either within this state, to this state, or from this state by any means, who attempts to do so, or causes another to do so or to attempt to do so for the purpose of engaging in any illegal act described in Chapter 794 Florida Statutes, Chapter 800 Florida Statutes, or Chapter 827 Florida Statutes, or to otherwise engage in other unlawful sexual conduct with a child or with another person believed by the person to be a child using a computer online service, internet service, local bulletin board service, or any other device capable of electronic data storage or transmission to:
(a) seduce, solicit lure, or entice or attempt to seduce, solicit, lure, or entice a child or another person believed by the person to be a child, to engage in any illegal act described in Chapter 794 Florida Statutes, Chapter 800 Florida Statutes, or Chapter 827 Florida Statutes, or to otherwise engage in other unlawful sexual conduct with a child; or
(b) solicit, lure, or entice or attempt to solicit, lure, or entice a parent, legal guardian, or custodian of a child or a person believed to be a parent, legal guardian, or custodian of a child to consent to the participation of such a child in any act described in Chapter 794 Florida Statutes, Chapter 800 Florida Statutes, or Chapter 827, or to otherwise engage in any sexual conduct,
commits a felony of the 2nd degree (15 years Florida State Prison), punishable as provided in Florida Statute 775.082, 775.083, or 775.084.
There are numerous defenses to these types of serious charges.
As your attorney, I will obtain the chat logs allegedly used in your case which is a key piece of evidence the prosecutor will use against you. I will carefully review these chat logs to determine what defenses you may have against these charges. Call and set an appointment so that I can answer questions you have regarding these types of cases including:
- Entrapment – Can it be a defense?
- Does the Intent of the citizen accused of such a crime make a difference?
- Can an computer expert assist in the defense of my case?
- Did the police have sufficient grounds to issue a search warrant in the case?
I am an aggressive attorney with experience handling and trying Sex Cases. Call and set your free consultation immediately. If you suspect that you may be under investigation for a Sex Crime or any other crime, call and set a free office consultation so you know your rights and can protect yourself.
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What are the elements of traveling to meet a minor child in Florida?
Traveling to meet a minor includes the following four elements: (1) knowingly traveling within this state, (2) to engage in any illegal act (in violation of chapters 794, 800, or 827, or other unlawful sexual conduct) with the victim after using a computer or other electronic data storage transmission to contact a child, (3) the victim was a child or person believed by the defendant to be a child, and (4) the defendant seduced, solicited, lured, enticed or attempted to do so to engage in the illegal act or unlawful sexual conduct.
What is Florida’s jury instructions for traveling to meet a minor child?
According to Florida Statute Section 847.0135(4), traveling to meet a minor is a second-degree felony and is punishable by up to 15 years in Florida State Prison. It’s a crime to meet a minor to engage with them in sexual intercourse after using any form of technology like a computer to solicit the victim.
What is the offense of traveling to meet a minor in Florida?
If someone is charged and convicted with traveling to meet a minor, they may receive the following penalties: imprisonment of 21 months up to 15 years and payment of up to $10,000 fine. When released, they may also be assessed for sex offender probation.