Solicitation Defense Attorney in Sacramento, CA
Under California law, solicitation for prostitution is illegal and takes place when someone offers another person monetary compensation (or goods or services) in return for sexual favors.
Solicitation also applies to the reverse, where a person agrees to accept monetary compensation (or goods or services) in return for performing sexual acts.
A person does not have to be charged with prostitution to be charged with solicitation – meaning, that the sexual acts do not necessarily have to actually be carried out for the crime of solicitation to occur.
Solicitation is a misdemeanor; however, just like any crime, it is not a minor one as it can carry with it steep consequences such as:
- significant fines
- county jail time of up to a year
If you are a repeat offender, jail time becomes mandatory. Additionally, you could have your driver’s license suspended for thirty days or restricted for up to six months if the solicitation occurred within 1,000 feet of a private residence and with the use of a vehicle.
Fighting Solicitation Charges
With an accomplished defense lawyer who is knowledgeable about prostitution and solicitation laws in California on your side, you may be able to successfully defend yourself against the charges against you.
There is potential for the charges to be dismissed completely or reduced.
Potential defense strategies include but are not limited to:
- The accused did not have specific intent to become involved in prostitution
- There is not sufficient evidence to convict the accused of solicitation
- Entrapment by law enforcement
If you don’t retain an attorney to help you fight the solicitation charges you’re facing, you may end up with with jail time or a permanent criminal record.
Don’t let a minor offense change your life.
Schedule an appointment for a consultation with Jennifer Mouzis today to find out how you can begin building a solid defense that will withstand prosecution tactics in court.