Fight Your Charges With Guidance From an Experienced Criminal Defense Lawyer
Today’s highly technological culture has led to increased scrutiny of predatory communications between an adult and a minor. When communication between an adult and a minor becomes sexual, the adult offender may be charged with illegal sexting, or solicitation of a minor.
At The Law Offices of Jeffrey Jones, we have successfully represented Tennessee residents charged with sexting or solicitation of a minor. If you have been charged or are under investigation for such an offense, do not wait – contact our office at 901-410-5751.
What Are Tennessee Sexting Laws?
Under Tennessee law, it is an offense for a person 18 years of age or older to request, hire, persuade or invite a minor to engage in sexual activity. The law prohibits communication through a variety of mediums, including the spoken word, electronic mail or internet services, and text or photo messages.
Even if the solicitation is unsuccessful or no sexual activity takes place, the offender may be charged and arrested.
It is also a crime for a person 18 or older to transmit sexually graphic or sexually suggestive material to a minor, whether through email, text messages or an online forum.
How Do Sexting Laws Relate to Sex Offenders?
Registered sex offenders are often prohibited from having any interaction with minors, including through electronic means. If a sex offender is charged with sexting a minor, or solicitation of a minor, the offender faces enhanced charges.
In any case, a registered sex offender charged with solicitation of a minor likely faces increased penalties in the event of a conviction.
What Are the Penalties for Sexting or Solicitation of a Minor?
Whether the offender was originally charged with a felony or a misdemeanor, a conviction for solicitation of a minor carries stiff penalties, including:
- Prison time: Individuals convicted of sexting or solicitation of a minor face felony charges. In many cases, a person convicted of solicitation of a minor will be ordered to spend years in prison.
- Fines: A judge may order an individual convicted of solicitation of a minor to pay stiff fines, or to pay other costs, including the expenses of court-ordered counseling, monitoring or probation.
- Lengthy supervision: Many judges order lengthy probation or parole terms for individuals convicted of sexual offenses, including solicitation of a minor.
- Registration as a sex offender: Solicitation of a minor is considered a sexual offense. An individual convicted of such an offense is subject to inclusion on the sex offender registry, and the consequences stemming from that inclusion.
Begin Planning a Strong Defense Today
If you have been charged with illegal sexting or solicitation of a minor, your future is in serious jeopardy. It is important to begin taking action to fight these charges as quickly after your arrest as possible.
At The Law Offices of Jeffrey Jones, our Bartlett sexting attorney has the skill, experience and knowledge needed to help you defend your future against the damage of a conviction. To learn how we can help you address your charges and defend your future, call 901-410-5751 or contact us online today.