Facing Charges for Sexting?
Miami Criminal Defense Lawyer
In the past several years, scrutiny of sexting – or distributing explicit nude photographs using a computer or any electronic device – has intensified dramatically. In 2011, Florida joined in national efforts to stamp out sexting offenses by drafting new legislation and new penalty guidelines that specifically focus on minor offenders. This reflects a growing trend that focuses on correcting problems and behaviors, rather than unjustly punishing those under the age of 18 and subjecting them to long-term penalties for youthful mistakes.
According to Title XLVI § 847.0141 of the Florida statutes, a minor commits a sexting offense if he or she knowingly:
- Uses an electronic device to transmit or distribute nude photos or video to another minor;
- Possesses a nude video or photo of transmitted by another
If a minor did not solicit explicit materials, made reasonable steps to report the materials, or did not transmit or distribute the explicit materials to another party, they will be considered to have not violated the law. Depending on the circumstances involved, defendants may face a range of charges and penalties for committing this sex crime.
Generally, convictions for a first offense can subject defendants to community service, fines, and court ordered classes. Multiple offenses can increase the severity of these allegations, with possible third-degree felony charges for a third offense.
Discuss Your Legal Options with a Miami Criminal Defense Attorney
If your child has been charged with sexting in Miami or any of the surrounding communities, allow the Law Office of Michael Mirer, P.A. to guide you through your legal journey and toward a successful outcome. Although the judicial system has shown signs of leniency in these types of cases, sexting remains a serious criminal offense that can significantly impact the future of juvenile offenders.
A former Miami-Dade prosecutor and trial lawyer with years of legal experience, Attorney Michael Mirer, is a Miami criminal attorney you can trust to deliver the support you deserve and the skilled representation you need. If you would like to learn more about sexting charges, what you can expect during your case, and how the firm can help,
contact the Law Offices of Michael Mirer, P.A. today.