Computer Solicitation Crimes in Florida

Section 847.0135(3)(a), F.S., prohibits using a computer to travel to meet a minor child (sometimes called “computer solicitation of a child”). Under Section 847.0135(2), F.S., it is a third degree felony if the prosecutor proves the following elements beyond all reasonable doubt:

  • the Defendant:
    • knowingly compiles, enters into, or transmits by use of computer;
    • makes, prints, publishes, or reproduces by other computerized means;
    • knowingly causes or allows to be entered into or transmitted by use of computer; or
    • buys, sells, receives, exchanges, or disseminates;
  •  the Defendant:
    • publishes any notice, statement, or advertisement;
    • of any minor’s name, telephone number, place of residence, physical characteristics, or other descriptive or identifying information;
    • for purposes of facilitating, encouraging, offering, or soliciting sexual conduct of or with any minor, or the visual depiction of such conduct.

Many of these cases involve several charges because each use of the computer to commit a prohibited act might be charged separately.

Related crimes might include Using a Computer to Facilitate or Solicit the Sexual Conduct of a Child or Giving Obscene Material to a Minor

Attorneys for Computer Solicitation Crimes in Florida

The criminal defense attorneys at Sammis Law Firm represent clients charged with computer solicitation crimes throughout the greater Tampa Bay area in Florida, including using a computer to travel to meet a minor child.

Contact us to set an appointment. Meet with an attorney for a confidential meeting in our offices in Tampa, Clearwater, or New Port Richey.

During the consultation, we can discuss the charges pending against you, the best defenses, and ways to avoid the typical penalties imposed for those offenses.

Call 813-250-0500 today.

Punishments for Computer Solicitation Crimes in Florida

Crimes charged under Section 847.0135 are charged as a third-degree felony which is punishable by up to five (5) years in Florida State Prison and a $5,000 fine. Criminal offenses under this statute are ranked under the Florida Criminal Punishment Code as a Level 7.

The criminal penalties increase if the defendant misrepresents his age while committing this crime. When the defendant misrepresents his age, the crime is punished as a second-degree felony, punishable by up to fifteen (15) years in Florida State Prison and a $10,000 fine.

This article was last updated on Monday, May 20, 2024.