Is Sexting Illegal in Jacksonville Florida?

Jacksonville Juvenile Lawyer

Teens Sexting? FSS 847.0141 covers that.

A detective wants to talk to your minor child about the possibility that he or she sent nude pictures to another boy or girl from school. The police officer wants to see his or her cellular telephone. Something does not feel right. If this occurs, you and your child can speak with a Jacksonville criminal lawyer.   There is nothing wrong with speaking with a lawyer. There is nothing wrong with hiring an attorney to speak to the detectives or to represent you or your child during the questioning. Contact a Jacksonville criminal attorney by calling (904) 564-2525.

Is Sexting Illegal in Jacksonville Florida? Florida’s Sexting law is Section 847.0141. This is a newer Florida law that went into effect on May 8, 2012. This law applies to minors sexting with one another. This law makes sexting a noncriminal violation for the first offense. A second offense is a misdemeanor. A third offense is a felony.

Florida Statute Section 847.0141 states:

(1) A minor commits the offense of sexting if he or she knowingly:

(a) Uses a computer, or any other device capable of electronic data transmission or distribution, to transmit or distribute to another minor any photograph or video of any person which depicts nudity, as defined in s. 847.001(9), and is harmful to minors, as defined in s. 847.001(6).

(b) Possesses a photograph or video of any person that was transmitted or distributed by another minor which depicts nudity, as defined in s. 847.001(9), and is harmful to minors, as defined in s. 847.001(6). A minor does not violate this paragraph if all of the following apply:

1. The minor did not solicit the photograph or video.

2. The minor took reasonable steps to report the photograph or video to the minor’s legal guardian or to a school or law enforcement official.

3. The minor did not transmit or distribute the photograph or video to a third party.

(2)(a) The transmission or distribution of multiple photographs or videos prohibited by paragraph (1)(a) is a single offense if the photographs or videos were transmitted or distributed within the same 24-hour period.

(b) The possession of multiple photographs or videos that were transmitted or distributed by a minor prohibited by paragraph (1)(b) is a single offense if the photographs or videos were transmitted or distributed by a minor in the same 24-hour period.

(3) A minor who violates subsection (1):

(a) Commits a noncriminal violation for a first violation, punishable by 8 hours of community service or, if ordered by the court in lieu of community service, a $60 fine. The court may also order the minor to participate in suitable training or instruction in lieu of, or in addition to, community service or a fine.

(b) Commits a misdemeanor of the first degree for a violation that occurs after being found to have committed a noncriminal violation for sexting, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.

(c) Commits a felony of the third degree for a violation that occurs after being found to have committed a misdemeanor of the first degree for sexting, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.

(4) This section does not prohibit the prosecution of a minor for a violation of any law of this state if the photograph or video that depicts nudity also includes the depiction of sexual conduct or sexual excitement, and does not prohibit the prosecution of a minor for stalking under s. 784.048.

(5) As used in this section, the term “found to have committed” means a determination of guilt that is the result of a plea or trial, or a finding of delinquency that is the result of a plea or an adjudicatory hearing, regardless of whether adjudication is withheld.

§ 847.0141, Fla. Stat. Ann.

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