Arrested for Soliciting a Prostitute in Phoenix?
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If you or someone you love has been accused of soliciting a prostitute, it is imperative that you act quickly to protect your rights. Suzuki Law Offices has defended hundreds of criminally accused clients throughout Arizona, and now, we are ready to do the same for you.
Contact a Phoenix criminal defense attorney at our firm today to discuss your legal options. We are available 24/7 and offer a free initial consultation to start your case.
Why should you call Suzuki Law Offices?
- Richard Suzuki is a former state and federal prosecutor
- Joel Thompson is a Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist
- Our law firm has successfully defended hundreds of clients
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Solicitation of Prostitution in Arizona: Definition & Penalties
In Arizona, solicitation of prostitution is a serious offense. While there is no statewide law banning this particular crime, almost every municipality has an ordinance criminalizing this activity.
For example, Phoenix City Code § 23-52 identifies solicitation of prostitution as a misdemeanor offense. It states that anyone who offers to, agrees to, or commits an act of prostitution, or solicits or hires another person to commit an act of prostitution, is guilty of a misdemeanor.
If you are convicted of soliciting prostitution in Phoenix, you will face:
- A minimum of 15 days in jail for your first offense
- A minimum of 30 days in jail for your second offense
- A minimum of 60 days in jail for your third offense
- A minimum of 6 months in jail for your fourth offense
You may also face a $2,500 fine and up to three years of probation if you are convicted. Some cities will even go so far as to publish the offender’s name and photo in the local newspaper. Don’t let a sex crime conviction ruin your reputation; partner with a Phoenix criminal defense lawyer at Suzuki Law Offices after your arrest. We may be able to assert a number of legal defenses on your behalf, depending on the specific facts of your case, so please do not wait to give us a call.
Legal Defenses to a Solicitation of Prostitution Charge
Just because you have been charged with solicitation of prostitution does not mean you are guilty. In fact, there are a number of potential defenses that can be asserted in such cases. The prosecution must be able to establish that you engaged in or intended to engage in an act of prostitution by means of solicitation, but the notion of “intent” can vary greatly.
For example, if you jokingly yelled out “hey baby, how much?” to a prostitute or undercover police officer while driving around in your car, this does not necessarily equal intent. The prosecution must be able to show that you were serious about soliciting sex for money.
There are a number of other defenses to a solicitation charge, which include:
- Lack of evidence establishing intent
- Entrapment by an undercover police officer
- Procedural errors made by the arresting officer
- Police mistakenly arrest the wrong person
Contact Suzuki Law Offices for Your Free Consultation
Are you ready to discuss your options with an attorney at Suzuki Law Offices? If so, we encourage you to contact our office today. We take calls 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and offer free consultations to all potential clients, so you would have nothing to lose by taking the first step. The sooner you act, the sooner we can get started on your defense.
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