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 City Code.
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.
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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.
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