There is some significant overlap between Solicitation and Prostitution in Arizona. If you face accusations of Solicitation, either individually or in tandem with other sex crime charges, you have legal options.
An Arizona solicitation lawyer can help you better understand the charges that have been brought against you. A potential conviction can affect many aspects of your life, including your ability to find employment and housing. The skilled defense attorneys at Grand Canyon Law Group can ensure that your rights are protected and help you fight your charges.
While the term “solicitation” is not inherently sexual, it most often applies to situations involving the exchange of sexual favors when presented in court. Under Arizona Revised Statutes §13-1002, parties brought to court on charges of Solicitation only have to engage in the procurement of items or services that the state deems illegal.
Regardless of the product solicited, the act of solicitation can have consequences for both the solicitor and solicited. Arizona Revised Statute §13-3209 notes that both parties can face charges for their behavior, even if neither individual has a history of engaging in these behaviors.
Prostitution and Solicitation may overlap, but the subject of these laws differs. Arizona laws regarding Prostitution apply to individuals who sell sex acts in exchange for money. Solicitation laws, comparatively, apply to individuals who seek out sex workers to purchase sex acts for money or items of a comparable value. A skilled local attorney can explain the difference between Solicitation and Prostitution charges in more detail during an initial consultation.
The penalties a person may face for the alleged solicitation of sexual acts can vary based on that individual’s existing criminal history. These offenses can include:
A first-time Solicitation offense comes with a mandatory fifteen days in jail. First-time offenders may also be required to complete treatment programs or pay fines.
Parties facing their second Solicitation conviction face a minimum of 30 days in jail. These parties are also required to pay a fine of $2,000 to the Human Trafficking Prevention Fund alongside any additional fines the court deems appropriate.
A party’s third or fourth conviction of Solicitation expands upon the aforementioned jail time and fines. Third-time convictions can earn a person a minimum of 60 days in jail and fines of at least $2,250. Fourth-time convictions will require a person to serve at least 180 days of jail time alongside a minimum of $2,500 in fines.
Note that a party’s previous criminal record and other charges can impact the amount of jail time and fines they face. Parties with previous charges tend to face more significant consequences than those accused of first-time offenses. Because of the severity of these penalties, it is always best to consult with a knowledgeable attorney as soon as possible to begin building a defense.
Accusations of solicitation can completely disrupt your life. If you were accused of sexual solicitation, you may be facing jail time, fines, and placement on the National Sex Offender Registry.
An Arizona solicitation lawyer can help you get ahead of these charges. The former prosecutors turned defense attorneys at Grand Canyon Law Group know exactly what to expect from the prosecution and can use this experience to help you build a strong case. Call today to learn more about what our committed legal team can do for you.