Picture this scenario: you’ve been talking with someone online for a few months and have decided to travel to a different county or state to meet them. However, when you get there, you discover that you’ve been catfished and have actually been speaking with a minor. If you find yourself in this situation, you’re likely wondering if you would face criminal charges.
In this brief article, a federal defense lawyer in Tampa with our team at The Rickman Law Firm has shared some insight into the instances in which you may be charged in Florida for traveling to meet a minor. Remember, if you are facing federal charges of any kind you should consult an attorney who specializes in federal sex crimes.
If you have traveled out of the state to meet a minor, you would typically face charges in the state where you intended to meet them. You may also face federal charges in this case as well, depending on whether or not you knew the person was a minor and if you intended to have sexual relations with them.
However, if a minor has traveled into the state of Florida to meet you, and you knowingly engage in sexual relations with the minor, you may also face charges in Florida as well as federally.
You may be wondering, what happens if you cross county lines, or simply meet a minor in the state of Florida? In that instance, you would not face charges in the state the minor traveled from or resides in. However, you would likely face charges in Florida as well as federal charges.
You may also be tried in a different county than where you reside depending on where in the state you met the minor. It should also be noted that if you traveled to meet a minor, whether in state or out, you should never transport that minor anywhere or you may face human trafficking charges.
Whether you traveled to meet a minor in state or out of state, you could be facing federal and state charges. These charges are very serious, and even if you did not know that the person you were traveling to meet is below the age of consent, you still could be in trouble. You will risk your freedom, reputation, and livelihood.
If you’re facing charges involving a minor, you’ll need a federal defense attorney in Tampa from The Rickman Law Firm. These charges can negatively impact your life for years to come, and defending yourself aggressively is crucial.
For a free consultation with the best federal defense attorney in Tampa, please contact The Rickman Law Firm today.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.