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In Ohio, solicitation of a person over 18 years of age for prostitution is usually considered a third-degree misdemeanor sex crime. If you are charged with solicitation, you may face jail time, fines, a driver’s license suspension, community service, and other life-altering penalties. Fortunately, a solicitation lawyer at Luftman, Heck & Associates may be able to improve your situation through a strong defense strategy. Call us at today if you are facing any type of solicitation charge.
According to Ohio Rev. Code § 2907.241, solicitation for prostitution occurs when someone knowingly and intentionally attempts to persuade, compel, induce, or encourage someone to participate in sexual activity in order to receive a form of compensation.
Penalties for Solicitation
In most cases, soliciting prostitution is a third-degree felony. If you face a soliciting charge, you may be punished with up to 60 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $500. In the event the prostitution does occur, you may be charged with compelling prostitution which is a third-degree felony that can lead to up to five years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000.
If you compel someone who is between 16 and 18 years of age to participate in prostitution, you may be left with a second-degree felony, between two and eight years and prison, and/or a fine of up to $15,000. Compelling someone who is less than 16 years of age for prostitution is a first-degree felony and may result in up to 10 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $20,000.
You would only be required to register as a sex offender if the prostitute was a minor, regardless of whether or not you knew or you believe the prostitute was a minor, regardless of whether or not they really were.
If you are convicted of soliciting, additional potential issues include:
If you are convicted of soliciting, your criminal background can be damaged for the rest of your life. No matter what the circumstances were in your case, you run the risk of being considered someone who either sold yourself or paid for sex. Therefore, it is critical that you contact a solicitation lawyer to give your prostitution or soliciting charge the level of importance it deserves.
A solicitation lawyer at Luftman, Heck & Associates will take an aggressive and comprehensive approach when representing your solicitation charge. We’ll determine what mistakes the police or detectives made during their investigation, whether your arrest was lawful and any other legal issues that can be raised on your behalf. We’ll request police reports, witness statements, video, audio, and other investigative notes from the prosecutor so that we could look for weaknesses in their case. Some of the most common defense strategies a solicitation lawyer may use include:
It’s important to note that it is usually more challenging for a prosecutor to prove solicitation than prostitution. They will have to gather evidence to prove that an invitation, ad, or offer fits the definition of solicitation. For an example, you may offer companionship services with no implication that there will be any sexual conduct.
In order to prove their case, a prosecutor must demonstrate that there is an act that took place where someone willfully agreed to use the services of a prostitute. The handling over money or a discussion over a specific meeting at a certain location after the expectation of a sexual act in exchange for money or something else of value may support their case. They may use Ohio Backpage or Craigslist to help them find evidence.
If you’ve been charged with soliciting a prostitute, it’s important to know what you’re up against. If you have any questions or if you need a competent criminal defense attorney to fight for you in court, please contact Luftman, Heck & Associates at .