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Traveling to Meet a Minor for the Purpose of Sexual Conduct


Overview of Traveling to Meet a Minor Charges

Florida’s legal landscape casts a severe light on offenses involving minors, particularly when it comes to traveling to meet a minor for sexual conduct. Under Florida Statute 847.0135(4), such actions are not only reprehensible but also constitute serious felonies. This statute encapsulates the grim reality of these crimes, addressing both direct travel by the offender and instances where an intermediary is used to facilitate the meeting.

The offense is often brought to the public’s attention through media representations, such as the notable “To Catch a Predator” series. These dramatizations, while sensational, underscore a critical point: the act of traveling with the intent to engage in sexual conduct with a minor is pursued with vigor by law enforcement agencies, often through the use of undercover operations and sting tactics.

At Leppard Law, we understand the complexities and sensitivities surrounding these charges. With our seasoned sex offenses lawyers, we offer a strategic defense grounded in over 60 years of combined experience.

When dissecting the statute, it is clear that the law targets two core actions: the act of traveling and the act of solicitation. The latter, often charged in conjunction with traveling, involves the use of electronic communication to seduce or entice a minor—or someone believed to be a minor—into illegal sexual conduct. This dual focus of the law means that an individual can be charged with both solicitation and traveling, compounding the potential penalties faced if convicted.

Moreover, the statute does not solely implicate those who personally travel; it also extends to those who cause another individual to travel on their behalf. This broad application of the law means that even indirect actions can lead to severe legal consequences. The penalties for such crimes are unforgiving, with the possibility of up to 15 years in prison and significant fines, not to mention the lifelong designation as a sexual offender and the accompanying societal and professional ostracism.

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Understanding the gravity of these charges, Lead Attorney Joe Easton, with over 20 years of criminal defense experience and invaluable insights as a former prosecutor, alongside John Vallillo with 25+ years of legal expertise, lead the defense at Leppard Law. Our firm’s unique approach combines a personal touch with a commitment to excellence, as evidenced by our over 300 five-star Google reviews. If you or a loved one is facing such allegations, it is crucial to seek knowledgeable and empathetic legal representation immediately. Contact us at 407-476-4111 to navigate these turbulent waters with a team that stands steadfast in your defense.

Remember, the accusation alone can disrupt your life, but a proactive and strategic defense can make all the difference. Trust in the experience and dedication of Leppard Law, where we treat our clients with the respect and dignity they deserve while aggressively defending their rights in court.

 

The Seriousness of the Charges

Consequences of a Conviction

When an individual stands accused of traveling to meet a minor for the purpose of sexual conduct, the stakes are incredibly high. The weight of the law is heavy, and the consequences of a conviction are severe. In Florida, the legal system is particularly stringent when it comes to protecting minors from sexual exploitation and abuse. This is reflected in the harsh penalties that accompany a conviction for these offenses.

Let’s delve into the specifics. Being found guilty of such a crime can lead to:

  • Lengthy Imprisonment: A second-degree felony charge, which is what traveling to meet a minor falls under, can result in up to 15 years of incarceration.
  • Substantial Fines: Convicted individuals may face fines reaching up to $10,000, adding financial strain to an already difficult situation.
  • Sex Offender Registration: Perhaps one of the most life-altering consequences is the mandatory registration as a sexual offender. This status carries with it numerous restrictions and reporting requirements, severely impacting one’s personal and professional life.

Furthermore, the collateral damage extends beyond legal penalties. A conviction can tarnish one’s reputation, leading to public shame and isolation. Employment opportunities may become scarce, and relationships may suffer irreparable harm. It is a burden that extends far into the future, long after any sentence has been served.

Understanding the gravity of these charges, it’s imperative to seek a sex offenses lawyer who can navigate the complexities of the legal system and advocate fiercely on your behalf. At Leppard Law, we are well-versed in the nuances of these cases and are prepared to mount a vigorous defense to protect your rights and your future.

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It’s not just about legal representation; it’s about finding someone who understands the emotional toll these charges can take. Our team, led by Joe Easton and John Vallillo, brings a compassionate approach to each case, ensuring that you are treated with dignity and respect throughout the legal process.

Don’t let the fear of a conviction paralyze you. Take action and reach out to Leppard Law at 407-476-4111. Our rape and sexual battery defense team is ready to provide you with the defense strategy you need during this critical time.

Remember, a charge is not a conviction, and with the right criminal defense lawyer by your side, there is hope for a better outcome. Trust in our experience and dedication to see you through one of the most challenging periods of your life.

At Leppard Law, we don’t just defend your case; we safeguard your future. Every step of the way, we’re here to support you, fight for you, and secure the best possible result for your situation.

If you’re facing allegations of traveling to meet a minor, understand that the consequences extend far beyond the courtroom. Contact us today, and let us put our internet sting operation expertise and compassionate defense to work for you.

Defending Against Allegations

When you’re facing allegations of traveling to meet a minor for sexual conduct, it’s natural to feel overwhelmed. But remember, an accusation is not a conviction. At Leppard Law, we’ve honed our defense strategies to ensure your rights are protected, and every avenue for defense is thoroughly explored. Here’s how we tackle such sensitive and complex cases:

  • Entrapment: If law enforcement induced you to commit a crime you otherwise would not have, it could be entrapment. We meticulously review the evidence to identify any overreach by authorities.
  • Lack of Intent: Proving that there was no intention to engage in unlawful conduct is a cornerstone of our defense strategy. We’ll argue that any communication was misinterpreted or taken out of context.
  • Mistake of Age: In some cases, the defense may argue that you believed the individual was of legal age. We’ll examine the circumstances to determine if this defense is viable.
  • Insufficient Evidence: We challenge the prosecution to prove every element of their case beyond a reasonable doubt. If the evidence doesn’t stack up, we’ll fight to have the charges reduced or dismissed.

Our approach is not just about legal maneuvers; it’s about understanding your story and presenting it in the best light. We know that behind every case is a human being, and we treat you with the respect and attention you deserve. Whether it’s dissecting the prosecution’s arguments or negotiating for lesser charges, our rape and sexual battery defense team is relentless in pursuit of justice for our clients.

At Leppard Law, we believe in second chances. We’re here to ensure that one mistake or misunderstanding doesn’t define the rest of your life.

Florida’s legal system can be unforgiving, but with Leppard Law, you have a team that’s just as tenacious. Our child pornography crimes defense attorneys understand the nuances of these complex cases and are ready to stand up for you.

And remember, the prosecution must prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt. It’s a high standard, and our job is to highlight every doubt. From scrutinizing the prosecution’s evidence to presenting compelling counterarguments, we leave no stone unturned. Whether it’s a matter of internet sting operations or other sex crime allegations, we’re equipped to handle the intricacies of your case.

Don’t let the weight of these allegations crush your hope. With over 60 years of combined experience, our lewd and lasciviousness acts defense lawyers are not only skilled but also empathetic to your situation. We know that you’re more than the charges against you, and we’re here to ensure that your side of the story is heard.

For a defense that combines legal acumen with a personal touch, call Leppard Law at 407-476-4111. Our unlawful sexual activity with a minor defense team is ready to provide you with the representation you need to navigate this challenging time.

Every moment counts when your freedom is on the line. Reach out to us for a free consultation and let us start building your defense today. Your future is worth fighting for, and we’re here to fight alongside you.

 

Choosing the Right Defense Attorney

When faced with the daunting reality of charges for traveling to meet a minor, the importance of skilled legal representation cannot be overstated. At Leppard Law, we understand that the attorney you choose can significantly influence the outcome of your case. Here’s why our team stands out:

  • Experience: With over 60 years of combined criminal defense experience, our attorneys have a deep understanding of the law and a proven track record of success in sex crimes defense.
  • Insider Knowledge: Our lead attorney, Joe Easton, brings over 20 years of criminal defense experience, including time spent as a former prosecutor, giving us unique insights into the opposition’s strategies.
  • Personalized Attention: We believe in the personal touch. Each case is handled with the utmost care, ensuring that your story is heard and your rights are fiercely protected.
  • Client-Centered Approach: Your voice is our mission. We maintain clear, consistent communication, ensuring you’re informed and empowered throughout your legal journey.
  • Technology-Driven: Leveraging cutting-edge technology, we streamline client services for efficiency and responsiveness, staying a step ahead in your defense.

Choosing the right defense attorney means finding someone who not only has the legal expertise but also the dedication to fight for you. John Vallillo, with over 25 years of experience, exemplifies this blend of tenacity and insight, having served as both a prosecutor and defense attorney.

At Leppard Law, we pride ourselves on our commitment to excellence, reflected in our over 300 5-star Google reviews. Our team is not just skilled in the courtroom; we are also compassionate advocates who understand the impact of these charges on your life.

Don’t let the fear of a conviction overshadow your right to a robust defense. Let our expertise in sexual battery and child pornography crimes guide you through this challenging time.

Remember, a charge is not a conviction, and with Leppard Law, you have a dedicated ally in your corner. We’re here to navigate the complexities of your case, from allegations of lewd and lascivious acts to charges of internet sting operations. Our approach is tailored to your unique situation, ensuring the best possible defense strategy is employed.

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Confronting charges of traveling to meet a minor can be a turning point in your life. But with the right legal team, it can also be an opportunity for a second chance. Our unlawful sexual activity with a minor defense team is ready to offer that chance.

Take the first step towards safeguarding your future. Call Leppard Law at 407-476-4111 for a free consultation. We’ll discuss your case, outline your options, and begin crafting a defense that aims to protect your freedom and reputation. Don’t wait; reach out today and let us put our skills, experience, and personal commitment to work for you.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Several defenses can be employed against charges of traveling to meet a minor, including:

  • Lack of Intent: Demonstrating that there was no intention to engage in unlawful conduct.
  • Mistake of Age: Arguing that there was a reasonable belief that the minor was of legal age.
  • Entrapment: Showing that law enforcement induced the individual to commit a crime they would not have otherwise engaged in.

Each case is unique, so it’s crucial to consult with a defense attorney to evaluate the specifics of your situation.

How can a conviction for traveling to meet a minor affect my future?

A conviction can have severe long-term effects, such as:

  • Criminal Record: A permanent mark that can affect employment and housing opportunities.
  • Sex Offender Registration: Mandatory listing on sex offender registries, often for life.
  • Social Stigma: Negative public perception that can impact personal relationships and community standing.

Given these consequences, it’s imperative to seek experienced legal counsel.

Can Leppard Law help if I’m charged with traveling to meet a minor?

Yes, Leppard Law can assist you. Our approach includes:

  • Expertise: Our attorneys have extensive experience in defending against sex crime allegations.
  • Personalized Defense: We tailor our defense strategies to the specifics of your case.
  • Client-Centric Service: We prioritize clear communication and a personal relationship with our clients.

Don’t hesitate to contact us for a free consultation to discuss your defense options.


Our dedication to justice extends beyond the courtroom. We offer a wide range of legal services to meet the diverse needs of our Florida community.

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Crimes for Luring or Enticing a Child Child Exploitation
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Giving Obscene Material to a Minor Unlawful Sexual Activity with a Minor
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Take the Step Towards Justice with Leppard Law

We know facing criminal charges can be one of the most distressing experiences. But with Leppard Law by your side, you have a team that treats you like family and fights relentlessly for your rights. Our unique blend of personal attention and legal prowess has not only earned us a reputation but also decorated us with industry accolades. Let’s work together to navigate the complexities of your case and strive for the best possible outcome.

Charged with traveling to meet a minor for sexual conduct? Your next step is crucial. Call us at 407-476-4111 and tap into our wealth of legal expertise. With former prosecutors on your team, you benefit from insider knowledge and a robust strategic defense. Don’t let a charge define your future—reach out for the dedicated, compassionate defense you deserve.

Schedule your free consultation today and start your journey to legal resolution with the confidence that comes from having Leppard Law in your corner.

 

Legally Reviewed by Joe Easton

Expert Attorney at Leppard Law

Joe Easton and the Leppard Law team have meticulously reviewed this content to ensure it provides valuable insights into the sensitive subject of traveling to meet a minor for the purpose of sexual conduct. With a wealth of criminal defense knowledge, Joe Easton’s expertise in navigating complex legal situations helps to shed light on the gravity of this offense and the need for adept legal representation. His commitment to justice and client care is evident in the firm’s approach to each case.

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