Bill would allow expungement of sexting charges

Posted on March 2nd, 2011 No Comments

Currently, if a teen or child in Texas is caught sexting, or sending explicit photos in a text message, state laws call for the suspect to be treated in the same way as a sex offender.  Minors suspected of sexting could legally be charged with a third-degree felony and be listed as a registered sex offender.  In addition, with these severe charges, minors could face up to $10,000 in fines or spend 2 to 10 years in prison.

Senator Kirk Watson recently introduced a piece of legislation, Senate Bill 407, to counteract these extreme charges.  The bill would make sexting a Class C misdemeanor for minors being charged with their first offense.  Also, the bill would require the minor and a parent to attend an “anti-sexting” class.  Furthermore, if a minor is not convicted of a second offense, the first charge would be expunged.

Contact the Dallas expungement attorneys of The Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter at 214-651-1121 today, if you have questions about the expungement or non-disclosure process.

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