Is Sexting a Criminal Offense in Florida?

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Sexting is the sending of sexually explicit messages via text message. Under Florida Statute § 847.0141, a minor who is sexting with another minor can be charged with a non-criminal violation. However, an adult who is caught sexting with a minor can be charged with a child pornography offense which carries severe penalties if convicted. Florida maintains its tough stance to minimize the occurrence and prevalence of sexting, even among peers.

If you are facing sex crimes charges, including sexting with a minor, it is vital to your future that you speak with an Orlando sex crime defense lawyer immediately. The legal team at The Umansky Law Firm in Orlando offers more than 100 years of combined experience to people throughout Central Florida facing sex crimes allegations. Call us today at 407-228-3838 to arrange a free initial consultation.

Criminal Penalties in Florida for Sexting

Florida sexting laws cover many topics of child pornography which, in turn, provides multiple ways an individual can face sexting charges. Below are some of the most common sexting crimes and their associated penalties.

  • Using a Minor in a Sexual Performance or Promoting a Child’s Sexual Performance

Up to 15 years in jail and up to $10,000 in fines

  • Possessing an Image Involving Sexual Conduct of or with a Minor with the Intent to Promote (having three or more copies of the material)

Up to 15 years in jail and up to $10,000 in fines

  • Knowingly Possessing an Image of Sexual Conduct by a Child

Up to 5 years in jail and up to $5,000 in fines. Each image is handled as a separate offense, and each offense is a $5,000 fine.

  • Knowingly Submitting Child Pornography to Another Person

Up to 5 years in jail and a fine of up to $5,000.

A conviction for any of the above can be punishable by jail time, heavy fines and mandatory registration as a sex offender.

Building A Strong Defense Against Sexting Charges

When you choose The Umansky Law Firm to represent you, you will not only have a Board Certified attorney, Brice Aikens on your side, but also a former prosecutor. Brice has in-depth knowledge of how the prosecution will attempt to build a case against you and can use that insight to your benefit.

As a team, we have extensive knowledge of how sexting charges can come about. It is quite easy for someone to use another person’s smartphone to surf the internet, send nude pictures, compose suggestive texts or download pornographic images involving children. Just because your phone was used in the commission of the crime does not mean that you were the individual who committed the crime. Our firm can dig deep into the allegations and the evidence to build a strong defense on your behalf.

Speak with Orlando Sex Crime Defense Lawyer Today!

If you are facing sex crimes charges, including sexting with a minor, it is vital to your future that you speak with an Orlando sex crime defense lawyer immediately. The Umansky Law Firm in offers more than 100 years of combined experience and a team of former state and local prosecutors to those throughout Central Florida facing sex crimes allegations. There’s a reason we were called ‘top criminal lawyers’ by Orlando Home and Leisure Magazine.

Call us today at 407-228-3838 for a free case evaluation.