A young girl with laptop and smartphone sitting indoors, internet abuse concept.Finding out you’re facing a charge for Transmission of Images Harmful to Minors in South Florida might feel overwhelming or intimidating, but the dedicated attorneys of Rossen Law Firm are here to guide you throughout the Fort Lauderdale criminal process and protect your rights the whole way. 

What is a Transmission of Material Harmful to Minors Crime?

Transmission of Material Harmful to Minors is defined as electronically transmitting harmful material to a person known or believed to be a minor.

FLA. STAT. § 847.0138 (2019) 

Harmful material is any form of content that portrays nudity or sexual content that is offensive to the adult community with respect to what is suitable for minors (and that is without serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value for minors). If someone has further questions about what might constitute as harmful materials for minors in South Florida, they should contact a local attorney.


Transmission of Material Harmful to Minors is a third-degree felony in South Florida, punishable by up to 5 years in prison, 5 years of probation, and a $5,000 fine.

Transmission of Material Harmful to Minors is assigned a Level 5 offense severity ranking under Florida’s Criminal Punishment Code. Upon conviction, a person is subject to a mandatory minimum prison sentence of 12 months.

As a result, a person charged with four counts (or more) of Transmission of Material Harmful to Minors would be facing a mandatory minimum prison sentence of 12 months in prison and would be facing an additional 4 months in prison for each additional count of Transmission of Material Harmful to Minors the person is convicted of. (For example: A person charged with five counts of Transmission of Material Harmful to Minors would be facing 15 months in prison).

A person convicted of Transmission of Material Harmful to Minors in Fort Lauderdale would not only be placed on sex offender probation, but would also be designated a sexual offender, required to comply with sexual offender registration laws in the state and throughout the United States for the remainder of their lives.


If you’re facing a Transmission of Material Harmful to Minors charge in Fort Lauderdale – you’ve come to the right place. Rossen Law Firm has extensive experience providing a compassionate and professional defense to Transmission of Material Harmful to Minors charges.

While these situations can feel isolating, many others have been where you are, and Adam and his team has helped them come out the other side successfully.       

Contact our office if you’re facing Transmission of Material Harmful to Minors charges in South Florida. We’ll listen to your story, discuss the best course of action for you, and see what resources may help you. One mistake shouldn’t have the power to destroy your life – and we’ll fight to make sure it doesn’t. 

Transmission of Material Harmful to Minors Defenses

  • Entrapment: An entrapment defense can be used when law enforcement induces a person to commit a crime that the person was not otherwise predisposed to commit. Determining if this defense is viable depends on who initiated the discussions of unlawful sexual acts, persistence of law enforcement to commit the acts, documented instances of reluctance by the defendant to commit the unlawful sexual act, and defendant’s expressed sexual interests.
  • Transitory Possession: Sometimes, people are unwittingly sent an image of child pornography, but immediately delete the image once they realize the illegal nature of the image. However, a thumbnail image may still exist on the person’s device or the image may still be in a memory cache even though the main image was deleted. In this scenario, the image was unintentionally viewed and any remaining thumbnail or memory cache image was not knowingly stored. The transitory possession of an image under these circumstances would be a defense to Possession of Child Pornography, and could come into play in a Transmission of Material Harmful to Minors defense as well.  

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We handle Transmission of Material Harmful to Minors cases of all sorts. We can assess your legal situation and provide you with a personalized and aggressive defense to your criminal charges. 

We offer FREE strategy sessions so you know how we’ll work to get the best possible outcome for your case.


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