In Arizona, it is illegal to engage in, agree to engage in, offer, or seek
out sexual services for money or any other form of compensation. Did you
know that even if a person doesn’t actually go through with the
sexual act, they can still be charged with a sex crime? All it takes for
a person to face criminal charges is evidence that they
intended to commit the crime. This is called solicitation of prostitution, and
it is a punishable offense under Section 23-52 of the City of Phoenix
To solicit is to entice, urge, or induce another person to engage in
prostitution. This means two things: intent to engage in prostitution, coupled with
an act in furtherance. Examples of actions that may suggest that a person
attempted to engage in prostitution may include driving to a motel or
hotel where the sex act will take place or withdrawing money from an ATM
to pay for the transaction. Even circling through an area that is known
for prostitution or inviting a prostitute into your vehicle can result
in criminal charges for solicitation of prostitution. Police regularly
conduct sting operations to make prostitution arrests.
Solicitation of prostitution is a class one misdemeanor punishable by between
15 days and six months in jail, a $2,500 fine, and probation for a first offense.
Potential Defenses to Solicitation of Prostitution
Just because you have been charged with a sex crime does not mean that
you are guilty. There are a number of potential defenses to solicitation
of prostitution, including:
- Insufficient evidence
- Lack of evidence
If the prosecution cannot prove that you solicited another person to engage
in prostitution and that you had intent to carry out the act, then you
cannot be convicted of a crime. Consult with a Phoenix criminal defense
attorney to determine if any of the above defenses may apply to your case.
Experience Matters. Call Now for a Consultation
As with any criminal charge, you should immediately contact an attorney
to defend your rights, your freedom, and your future. At Suzuki Law Offices,
L.L.C., we have successfully defended countless individuals in Phoenix
and throughout Arizona against all types of
sex crimes. With decades of legal experience, we offer the skilled representation
you need to potentially have your charges reduced or dismissed.
Call our office 24/7 for immediate help. Initial consultations are provided
free of charge.