The Government takes solicitation seriously, and the public may also worry about the possibility of human trafficking. As a result, the Government may pursue charges against you for merely being in the wrong place at the wrong time. The Police may suspect you of soliciting a prostitute if you were in an area they were investigating, or if you spoke with an undercover Officer.
A conviction for solicitation could lead to jail time, probation, heavy fines, and public embarrassment. Fortunately, advice and representation from a Greenacres solicitation lawyer could make a significant impact on the outcome of your case. Contact one of our determined attorneys at Leifert & Leifert to begin building a defense.
Solicitation Laws in Greenacres
Under Florida Statutes §796.07, solicitation means to invite, encourage, or offer money to someone to engage in prostitution or to find a prostitute for another person. Solicitation could also include assignation, which is a plan to participate in some sexual activity in exchange for something of value.
Sexual activity includes penetration by or into a sexual organ or object. It also consists of any stimulation by hand. Any touching of a sexual organ or orifice for medical purposes is not considered a sexual activity.
Potential Penalties for Solicitation
If you attempt to hire another person for some sexual act, that may be considered solicitation. The sexual act does not have to occur for the Government to punish the requestor. Penalties may differ depending on how many prior offenses the accused has. A solicitation lawyer in Greenacres could look at the facts of your case to advise you about the penalties you could face.
A first-time solicitation charge is a first-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $1,000.
Someone with one prior conviction for soliciting a prostitute could face third-degree Felony charges. The Court may send you to jail for up to five years and order you to pay a fine of up to $5,000.
Someone with two prior convictions could face second-degree felony charges. The Court may sentence you to up to 15 years in jail and order you to pay a fine of up to $10,000.
Besides jail time and fines, you may have to do 100 hours of community service and pay for and attend a program on the effects and dangers of prostitution. Additionally, you may face a civil penalty of $5,000.
Solicitation involving a Vehicle
If you used a car during the alleged act of solicitation, Law Enforcement might impound your vehicle to up to 60 days pending a Court conviction. The owner may ask the Court to dismiss this action if the owner is not also the actor of the offense.
Learn More from a Greenacres Solicitation Attorney
If the Police arrest you for solicitation, you may be worried about your reputation or the potential penalties. However, you should keep in mind that you have rights, and one of those rights includes speaking with a Greenacres solicitation lawyer.
One of our skilled attorneys at Leifert & Leifert could help you understand your charges and discuss any defense applicable to your case. Call today to schedule a consultation.