"Traveling to Meet a Minor to Commit an Unlawful Sex Act" is a second-degree felony. It's loosely defined as any person who travels or attempts to travel any distance to, from or within the State of Florida for the purpose of engaging in unlawful sexual activity with a minor.
As such, no physical contact need occur with a minor in order to be charged with this crime - merely traveling, or attempting to travel, in order to engage in sexual activity with a minor places a defendant in violation with this law.
Each separate use of a computer to arrange an unlawful sexual encounter with a minor can be charged as a separate offense, even if the same minor was involved with all uses.
If convicted, mandatory minimum sentencing forces a judge to impose at least 21 months in prison, and may impose up to 15 years in prison, 15 years of sex offender probation, and $10,000 in fines.
Defenses to the charge of "Traveling to Meet a Minor to Commit an Unlawful Sex Act" include entrapment and / or establishing the lack of seduction, solicitation, luring, or enticement on the part of the defendant - necessary elements to be convicted of the crime.
If you've been charged with traveling to meet a minor, contact Blaine today to arrange a free initial consultation.