In today's digital age, the internet has become an integral part of our daily lives, enabling us to connect, communicate, and transact with others across the globe. However, along with all of the benefits, the internet also presents unique challenges, particularly in the realm of criminal activity. One such crime is internet solicitation.

Internet solicitation refers to the act of using online platforms, such as social media, chat rooms, or messaging apps, to solicit or entice individuals, particularly minors, to engage in unlawful activities, typically of a sexual nature. Common forms of internet solicitation include soliciting minors for sexual acts, sending explicit messages or images, and attempting to arrange meetings with minors for illicit purposes.

Internet solicitation is a serious offense that can result in severe legaltexting Izlegal consequences, including criminal charges, imprisonment, and lifelong registration as a sex offender. The laws governing internet solicitation are stringent and encompass a wide range of behaviors aimed at protecting minors from online predators.

The federal government has enacted laws specifically targeting internet solicitation and online child exploitation. These laws often carry harsh penalties, with offenders facing lengthy prison sentences and substantial fines upon conviction. Additionally, individuals convicted of internet solicitation may be required to register as sex offenders, subjecting them to lifelong monitoring and restrictions on their personal and professional lives.

In Florida, it is a third-degree felony to use a computer or electronic device to solicit a minor to engage in sexual behavior. This also includes soliciting a parent or guardian of a minor to allow the child to engage in a sexual conduct. There is a prison sentence for up to 5 years for this crime, as well as a maximum fine of $5,000.

If you travel to meet a minor after soliciting them through a computer, that is a second-degree felony. This crime could be a prison sentence for up to 15 years in prison and up to 15 additional years of probation, with a maximum fine of $10,000.

Given the grave implications of internet solicitation charges, mounting a strong defense is paramount for individuals accused of this offense. An experienced criminal defense attorney can employ various strategies to defend their clients' rights and interests. Some common defense tactics include:

  1. Lack of Intent: In many cases, individuals accused of internet solicitation may argue that they did not have the intent to commit a crime. This defense strategy may involve demonstrating that the communication was misconstrued or taken out of context, or that the accused believed the individual they were communicating with was of legal age
  2. Entrapment: Entrapment occurs when law enforcement officials induce or coerce an individual into committing a crime they would not have otherwise committed. Defense attorneys may argue entrapment if they believe their client was unlawfully targeted or manipulated by law enforcement during the course of the investigation
  3. Insufficient Evidence: Prosecutors bear the burden of proving the defendant's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Defense attorneys may challenge the sufficiency of the evidence presented by the prosecution, including the authenticity of online communications, the credibility of witnesses, and the reliability of forensic evidence.
  4. Violations of Constitutional Rights: Defense attorneys may also challenge the legality of law enforcement's actions, such as unlawful search and seizure or violations of the defendant's Miranda rights. Any evidence obtained through unconstitutional means may be deemed inadmissible in court, weakening the prosecution's case.


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Coral Gables defense lawyer helping clients accused of Federal Crimes, DUI, Domestic Violence & Sex Crimes.