Are You Accused Of Traveling To Meet A Minor?

If you have been accused of traveling to meet a minor for unlawful sex, it's important to consult an experienced defense attorney as soon as possible. You could face up to 15 years in prison and lifetime registration as a sex offender.

At the law firm of Damore, Delgado & Romanik in Daytona Beach, Florida, our lawyers understand Florida's statute regarding traveling to meet a minor to commit an unlawful sex act. We offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case and answer your questions. We have offices in Daytona Beach, DeLand and Altamonte Springs.

Is Traveling To Meet A Minor Illegal?

Traveling to meet a minor for the purpose of engaging in sex is a felony in Florida, even if the sex never happens — and even if the minor was actually an adult posing as a minor. These cases often involve undercover police officers posing as minors on Internet sites such as Facebook and Craigslist, a tactic popularized by the Dateline NBC series "To Catch a Predator."

Police in Florida have become increasingly aggressive in attempting to lure adults into meeting minors for sex. Undercover officers may:

  • Steer online chats to discussions of sex and arranging a meeting
  • Engage in bait and switch tactics, such as redirecting a legal sexual encounter into one that is illegal. For example, a police officer pretending to be a single mother may begin a conversation about meeting you for sex, then offer sex with a daughter. If you arrive at the meeting, you would be charged with a crime, even though the daughter does not exist.

Depending on the tactics used by the undercover police officers, entrapment may be a defense against charges of traveling to meet a minor.

Free Consultation With A Daytona Beach Sex Crime Defense Attorney

Damore, Delgado & Romanik will work tenaciously to protect your rights and preserve your freedom.

Contact us today for a free consultation with an experienced and determined defense attorney.