Are You Facing Solicitation Charges?
Prostitution & Solicitation in Arizona
When a person does anything to encourage or request another person to engage in prostitution, they can be arrested and charged with solicitation.
If you are facing solicitation charges, you should contact a Phoenix criminal defense attorney from MayesTelles PLLC right away.
Not only have we successfully handled thousands of state and federal cases, Attorney Telles is a former Maricopa County prosecutor, which gives us critical insight into what the state is looking for when it is prosecuting criminal cases.
Encouraging or Facilitating Prostitution
Despite the fact that prostitution involves two consensual adults engaging in perhaps the oldest profession in existence, the act and anything remotely connected to it is criminalized in Arizona. Solicitation in Arizona is found under A.R.S. § 13-1002.
A person is guilty of "solicitation" if, with the intent to promote or facilitate the commission of a misdemeanor or felony, the person:
- Commands prostitution
- Encourages prostitution
- Requests prostitution
- Solicits another person to engage in prostitution
Solicitation is the crime of encouraging or inducing another to commit the crime of prostitution or join in the crime of prostitution. For instance, solicitation can refer to the prostitute offering sexual pleasures for pay, or it can refer to a customer attempting to hire a prostitute.
What are the penalties for solicitation?
Prostitution is generally a Class 1 misdemeanor in Arizona, thus, if a person tried to solicit prostitution (a Class 1 misdemeanor), they would be charged with a Class 3 misdemeanor for solicitation. However, solicitation is a Class 2 misdemeanor if the offense solicited is a Class 6 felony.
Under A.R.S. § 13-707, the terms of imprisonment for misdemeanors are as follows:
- Class 1 misdemeanor – six months maximum
- Class 2 misdemeanor – four months maximum
- Class 3 misdemeanor – maximum of 30 days
Contact MayesTelles PLLC for a risk-free case evaluation!
At MayesTelles PLLC, we don't want you to have to go to jail for a solicitation charge, nor do we want you to have to endure the embarrassment that goes along with this seemingly minor offense. Our experienced Phoenix sex crime attorneys respect your privacy and will work diligently to mitigate, if not eliminate the sentencing and penalties you are currently facing.
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