Successful Defenders Of People Accused Of Illegal Sexting
Most people own a phone that sends images with a push of a button. Sometimes, those images are sexually explicit. This is not in itself wrong. When pictures are exchanged between consenting adults, there usually is not a problem. However, there are times when sexting is considered a sex crime.
For instance, sexting between an adult and a child is not considered simple sexting under Florida law. It is considered child pornography. There could be serious problems when someone turns 18 and exchanges sexually implicit images with a minor.
If either you or a family member has been charged with sexting, the criminal defense and sex offense attorneys at Brunvand Wise, P.A., can provide legal guidance.
The Outcome Depends On The Details
When a minor is caught sexting another minor the first time, the charges are usually noncriminal, and the penalties are minimal. However, there could be aggravating factors that raise the charges to a misdemeanor or a felony, and the penalties could include jail time.
Possible sexting consequences for minors
- First-time offenders: $60 fine and/or eight hours of community service
- Second offense. First-degree misdemeanor. Penalty: one year of incarceration; a $1,000 fine
- Third offense. Third-degree felony. Penalty: up to five years’ incarceration; $10,000 fine; registration as a sex offender
Anyone, age 23 or older, who is caught sexting a minor can be charged with a sex crime. Charges are also likely if an adult is caught sexting with a minor, even if they were not aware the minor is not legally able to consent. People convicted probably will have to register as sex offenders.
Sexting Allegations Can Be Difficult To Overcome
Sexting is a momentary action that can have lasting consequences. Call our criminal defense attorneys at 813-521-8069 or email us for a free initial consultation. We have a combined 40 years of experience defending people against serious criminal allegations in Tampa and Clearwater.