Any individual over the age of 18, who encourages or entices a minor to participate in a sexual act, can be charged with the solicitation of a child. This offense can occur in a face to face interaction, online, over the phone, through a text message, or any other form of communication.
If convicted of this offense, individuals will be forced to serve years behind bars, and have their reputation ruined. In order to prevent your life from being derailed by these charges, contact a compassionate Destin sex crimes lawyer.
Contact Adkinson Law Firm, LLC for a consultation about your allegations of soliciting a child throughout the Florida Panhandle, including the areas of Crestview, South Walton, Fort Walton Beach, Milton, Navarre, DeFuniak Springs, Pensacola and Panama City.
The attorneys of Adkinson Law Firm, LLC are knowledgeable in all areas of Florida’s sex crime laws and will make every effort to help you achieve the most desirable outcome for your particular situation. Contact Adkinson Law Firm, LLC for a free consultation today at if you have been charged with the solicitation of a child throughout Destin and South Walton.
In order to be charged with the offense, a sexual act does not actually have to take place. Under Florida law, when the enticement is completed, a crime has been committed.
According to Fla. Stat. § 794.011(8), the parameters to establish guilt for solicitation of a child are that the victim was less than 18 years old at the time of the alleged offense, and the defendant attempted to engage in the act with the victim that is classified as sexual battery. Even if the sexual battery does not take place, the defendant can still be charged with this offense.
The parameters for establishing guilt of the online solicitation of a child are stated by Fla. Stat. § 847.0135(3)(a), as:
It is also important to note that claiming or showing proof that the alleged victim consented to the sexual act, is not a valid defense for the crime. It is illegal to entice or encourage minors to participate in sexual acts, regardless of whether or not the minor is a willing participant.
Online solicitation of a minor is considered a third-degree felony, which is punishable by up to five years behind bars, and/or a fine of up to $5,000.
If an individual travels to meet with a minor that he or she has solicited, he or she can be charged with a second-degree felony. A second-degree felony is punishable by up to 15 years in prison, and/or a fine of up to $10,000.
If you have been accused of soliciting a child throughout the Florida Panhandle, including the areas of Okaloosa County, Santa Rosa County, Bay County, Walton County, Holmes County, Washington County and Escambia County, contact Adkinson Law Firm, LLC today. Our firm defends clients all over the Florida Panhandle against all kinds of alleged sex offenses.
Clay Adkinson of Adkinson Law Firm, LLC is an aggressive DeFuniak Springs criminal defense attorney who will make every to fight the allegations against you and help you avoid the most serious penalties associated with your alleged offense. Contact Adkinson Law Firm, LLC today for a free consultation at or send an online message about your charges today.