Dallas Criminal Solicitation of a Minor Defense Attorneys

Dallas Criminal Solicitation of a Minor Defense Attorneys

If you were arrested or charged with criminal solicitation of a minor, you should contact Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter today to learn about the defense strategy best for your case. We might be able to represent you and provide the legal services you need to get the charges reduced or dropped.

criminal solicitation of a minorCriminal solicitation of a minor is a serious offense in Texas. You could face severe penalties if convicted, including imprisonment. A criminal conviction for a sex offense can negatively impact every part of your life. You could encounter challenges finding work and a place to live. It can also ruin your reputation within the community and your family.

You should have a dedicated and aggressive Dallas sex crime defense attorney by your side to defend you against these charges. In your case, we will determine the appropriate defense to disprove the prosecution’s theories. We can gather relevant evidence and fight in court to reduce the charge or dismiss your entire case.

Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter is ready to fight for you in court. We’re not afraid to go up against the most aggressive prosecutors. We can handle the various aspects of your case and try to reach the best possible outcome. You can count on us to protect your rights.

Call us at (214) 845-7007 right now for a free consultation and learn more about what we can do for you.

Criminal Solicitation of a Minor

According to Texas Penal Code 15.031, criminal solicitation of a minor occurs when someone:

  • Commands, requests, or attempts to induce a minor to engage in conduct constituting an offense in Article 42A.054 or make the minor a party to an offense in the same article.
  • Requests, commands, or attempts to induce a minor or a person they believe is a minor to engage in conduct that would constitute a specific offense contained in the Texas Penal Code or make the minor or the other individual a party to the commission of a crime under the same sections of the code.

Solicitation of a minor can also involve using an electronic device to commit the offense. Online solicitation of a minor occurs when a person uses text message or electronic mail over the internet, or another electronic message system or service or by a commercial online service intends to:

  • Communicate with a minor in a sexually explicit way; or
  • Distribute sexually explicit material to a minor.

Online solicitation of a minor can also occur when a person uses email, texts, or another service over the internet to knowingly solicit a minor to meet with another person to engage in sexual intercourse, sexual contact, or deviate sexual intercourse with the person or offender.

In Texas, a minor is a child under the age of 17. It doesn’t matter if the child agrees to engage in the sexual act or if the defendant completes the solicitation successfully. A conviction could still result from the criminal activity.

Penalties for a Criminal Solicitation of a Minor Conviction

solicitation of a minor sentencingSolicitation of a minor is a felony, regardless of whether the defendant committed the crime online. Texas Penal Code 15.031(e) considers the offense one category lower than the offense solicited by the defendant. However, the category of the crime is the same if the prosecution can show that the defendant:

  • Was at least 17 years old at the time of the offense, a member of a criminal street gang; and
  • Committed the crime with the intent to further the gang’s criminal activities or avoid detection as a criminal street gang member.

Sentencing depends on the circumstances of the crime. The judge can use the sentencing guidelines below and various factors associated with the case to issue an appropriate penalty.

 State Jail Felony

  • No less than 180 days or more than two years in state jail
  • Up to a $10,000 fine

Third Degree Felony

  • A maximum of a $10,000 fine
  • Between two and ten years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice

Second Degree Felony

  • No less than two years or more than 20 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice
  • Up to a $10,000 fine

First Degree Felony

  • Between five and 99 years or life imprisonment in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice
  • No more than a $10,000 fine

The consequences of a conviction can extend far beyond a prison sentence. You will have a permanent criminal record, allowing anyone to search for your arrest and conviction details online. You also lose certain rights, such as voting or owning a firearm.

One of the most damaging penalties of a solicitation of a minor conviction is registering as a sex offender upon release from prison. The Sex Offender Registration Program requires registration within seven days of arriving in a county or municipality where the person resides or intends to reside for longer than seven days.

Information you must provide can include:

  • Full name
  • Sex
  • Race
  • Date of birth
  • Driver’s license number
  • Social security number
  • All aliases used
  • Residential address
  • A color photograph or electronic digital image
  • Full set of fingerprints
  • Type of offense, including the date of conviction, age of the victim, and sentence served

If you don’t register as a sex offender within the required timeframe, you could face up to a $10,000 fine and a maximum of 20 years in prison.

Typically, sex offenders must confirm their information on the registry with the local law enforcement agency once every year. However, certain offenses and violent crimes require registration verification every 90 days. Additionally, any time you move, you must submit your change of address to law enforcement and your supervising officer seven days before moving.

Registered sex offenders also face restrictions regarding their residence, employment, and additional circumstances. Anyone convicted of criminal solicitation of a minor is prohibited from receiving compensation for:

  • Offering or providing limousine transportation or passenger taxicab service
  • Providing or offering to operate a bus
  • Providing or offering to operate an amusement ride
  • Offering or providing to provide a service in someone else’s residence unless under supervision

Residency restrictions prohibit convicted sex offenders from residing in or visiting a residence within 500 feet of:

  • Parks
  • Schools
  • Sports fields
  • Playgrounds
  • Daycare facilities
  • Additional places minors frequent

Contact Us

If you were arrested or charged with criminal solicitation of a minor in Texas, do not hesitate to contact Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter. Our legal team is ready to defend you and help you get your life back on track. Call (214) 845-7007 for your free consultation with a trusted Dallas criminal solicitation of a minor defense attorney.

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