Accused of Sexting a Minor in Houston?
Call Our Houston Sexting Defense Attorney for Help
Over the last few decades, sexting has become a more common way for people to send sexually explicit materials. If someone over the age of 18 sends these kinds of materials to a minor, it is considered a serious crime under Texas Penal Code Sec. 33.021. A conviction of sexting can carry misdemeanor charges with steep fines and possible prison sentences. At The Law Offices of Jed Silverman, our Houston criminal defense lawyer can help you protect your future. Call now for a free consultation about how to defend yourself against these charges.
Consequences of a Conviction
Sexting falls under the crime of “solicitation of a minor.” When this occurs online or through a cell phone, it can be charged as a sex crime with serious penalties. What many people don’t know is that minors sending pictures of themselves to other minors is illegal, resulting in a Class C misdemeanor that can come with fines of up to $500.
However, proving that the sender and recipient were involved in a dating relationship and that they were no more than two years apart in age can help to defend against such charges. You can find more information by clicking here.
Adults Who Send Materials to Minors
It is illegal for an adult to send sexually explicit materials to anyone under the age of 18. The penalties for doing so could include allegations of child pornography and result in fines of up to $10,000 and prison sentences of up to 20 years. Along with those penalties, those convicted will have to register as a sex offender, making it difficult to find housing, employment, and financial opportunities.
Why You Need an Attorney
The laws surrounding these kinds of charges contain language that requires some interpretation. Whether your crime is charged as a felony or a misdemeanor will require being able to tell your side of the story in a compelling way. Attorney Jed Silverman is a Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist, giving him the insights your case needs to protect your future. Call now to schedule your free consultation and get started.
Dial (713) 597-2221 now to speak with a Houston criminal defense lawyer.