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A person who faces even a single charge of criminal solicitation of a minor in Texas can face life-altering consequences, from job loss and social isolation to years in prison. From the office of Tylden Shaeffer, Attorney at Law, P.C. in San Antonio, I vigorously defend individuals accused of this serious crime. I opened my criminal defense firm in 2000 after nearly a decade of experience as a prosecutor, so I understand how law enforcement agencies attempt to prove guilt for criminal solicitation of a minor.
Criminal solicitation of a minor is a crime in which a person requests, commands or attempts to induce a minor to commit a certain criminal offense or to be party to the commission of a certain criminal offense. The solicited offense may be a sex crime such as sexual assault, indecency with a child or sexual performance with a child, or another crime outlined in the Texas Penal Code. Crucially, a prosecutor must establish that the alleged offender intended for the minor to actually commit the crime.
In Texas, a minor is any person under the age of 17. However, a person may be charged with criminal solicitation of a minor even if the individual they solicit is in fact a police officer or another adult posing as a minor. Solicitation may occur in person, such as at a school or community event, or online. A communication made by an adult to a minor through social media, multi-player video games, text messages, email or another means may be used as evidence of unlawful solicitation.
My defense will be tailored to the specifics of your case. It may be possible to establish that clear intent was absent in your communication, that law enforcement officers obtained evidence unlawfully or that the wrong person was charged with a crime.
Typically, criminal solicitation of a minor is charged as a crime one level lower than the solicited offense. Penalties for offenders depend on the charge for which an offender is convicted, which may be a:
In addition to the above, the offender may be ordered to pay a fine of up to $10,000. Any person convicted of a sex offense involving a minor will be required to register as a sex offender after completing their prison term and, if granted, parole. The offender must maintain sex offender registration for at least 10 years and possibly for life, depending on the crime.
I handle criminal solicitation of a minor charges with the urgency and scrutiny they deserve. As your criminal defense attorney, I will assert your rights while challenging the actions of law enforcement officers and the evidence put forth by the prosecution. I have helped many clients avoid jail time.
At the office of Tylden Shaeffer, Attorney at Law, P.C. in San Antonio, I utilize decades of legal experience to defend individuals charged with a Texas felony for criminal solicitation of a minor. To schedule your free and confidential consultation, call (210) 227-1500 or contact me online.
"Mr Shaeffer was up front from the beginning, and I respected that. He told me they have a solid case against me. He is a very out of the box thinker, and very organized. He told me the sad reality of" - Nicoli
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"When you have been wrongfully accused of having an affair with a student, you must acquire legal counsel before you even speak to the police, even if you are the person who reports the rumors. Tylden Schaeffer advised me to not have a second interview with the police department and found time in his schedule to meet with me that day. After the meeting, I had a path to move forward on and that included a well written statement that Mr. Schaeffer crafted. After submitting this in lieu of a second interview with the police, there were no more problems with the school district or police department. Mr. Schaeffer did a superb job and had me resting more easily following our meetings. I would highly recommend Mr. Schaeffer to anyone in need of a Criminal Defense Attorney." - Anonymous
"Tylden has been nothing but excellent while representing me. He’s been very upfront, honest, and cooperative with not only myself, but with my family as well. I don’t just feel like a number, he treats you like if you’re his only client. I’d definitely recommend him to anybody I know if they are in need of legal help. 5 out of 5 stars. I highly recommend Tylden Shaeffer!" - Joel
"Mr Shaeffer was up front from the beginning, and I respected that. He told me they have a solid case against me. He is a very out of the box thinker, and very organized. He told me the sad reality of what could potentially be the outcome of my case, and it was dim. However he asked me what i wanted and was creative enough to deliver at an extremely affordable price. He has the knowledge to defend you, and the experience to win. I’m very happy with how he handled my case. His office is also only blocks away from the court house and he is always prompt. I don’t usually write reviews, but Mr. Tylden Shaeffer deserves to be recognized." - Nicoli
"When I got charged with my DWI I already expected to go through a long, painful process from the beginning. But, Mr. Shaeffer and his staff made my whole experience quick and easy with their great communication and professionalism. He was always straight forward and I could tell he had my best interest in mind. He made sure I didn’t get charged with “extreme intoxication”, while also reducing my fines and the length of my probation. I highly recommend him to anyone!" - Alex
"Mr. Shaeffer is a great attorney , very professional, very nice and is willing to work with you and help u threw any situation u may have or need help with . I recommend Mr. Shaeffer to anyone who needs help with any kind of legal issues or problems. Anyone who has asked me about an attorney i most definitely tell them Mr. Shaeffer and give them his info. Thank you for all your help and everything u have done for me and my family. You are a awesome attorney! Highly Recommend" - Anonymous
"Tylden is a fantastic attorney. He thoroughly prepared for my case and did an amazing job of relating to the judge and jury. I highly recommend Tylden. Would recommend to anyone!" - Skyler
"Tylden got my felony reduced to a misdemeanor. He saved my life. I didn’t have to pester him for information and updates about my case and his staff is well informed and helpful. He personally attended each and every one of my hearings and was just as concerned about restoring my reputation as I was. He recently got a motion for non-disclosure filed and approved by the judge so I will never have to admit this mistake ever happened. I would recommend Tylden to anyone! He is a highly intelligent and competent attorney. The Best!" - Anonymous
"I was represented by Mr. Shaeffer years ago (2004). He would travel from San Antonio all the way to Del Rio to represent me. My father and I were accused of wrong doing by federal agents and we had done nothing. We, my father and I were on trial simultaneously. We had hired an attorney and found out later he was friends with the prosecutor and wanted us to accept a plea bargain. “We did nothing wrong”, I cried to him. He insisted that we accept due to it being impossible to beat the Government. My father and I were close to giving up when we met Mr. Shaeffer. Mr. Shaeffer believed in us and fought for us. Because of him, I never saw prison walls nor was I ever away from my family. It was one of the most difficult times in my life, but thankfully we met a Godsend attorney and justice prevailed." - Anonymous