Orlando Solicitation Defense Lawyer
Advocating for the Accused Across Orange County & Seminole County
Solicitation is defined as the act of purchasing the services of any person engaged in prostitution in addition to inducing, enticing or procuring any person to commit prostitution, lewdness or assignation. As a serious sex crime, Florida prosecutors will do everything in their power to give you the maximum sentence possible for your reported solicitation crimes.
Thus, you need an attorney who will do everything in their power to fight back and win. Our Orlando solicitation defense lawyer at The Law Office of Carrie L. Rentz, P.A. is committed to fighting for your freedom and tirelessly defending your solicitation charges. We know how much damage a conviction can do, and will go above and beyond to minimize the impact of your reported solicitation crimes. Attorney Carrie Rentz was a former prosecutor who now uses her insights to defend criminal charges like yours, meaning she knows what it takes to secure a successful outcome in your case.
Don’t let your solicitation charges derail your livelihood. Instead, contact us at (407) 995-6735 to begin fighting your charges!
Solicitation Laws & Penalties in Florida
Prostitution is illegal in all 50 states, with the exception of some counties in Nevada. It is a controversial subject that has yet to be settled, but the federal government and most states deem it illegal. As such, soliciting a prostitute by purchasing their services or persuading them in some way is equally as forbidden as the crime of prostitution itself.
If a court finds you guilty of purchasing the services of a prostitute, you may be subject to the following penalties:
- Second-degree misdemeanor for a first violation
- First-degree misdemeanor for a second violation
- Third-degree felony for a third or subsequent violation
If you are convicted of soliciting, inducing, enticing or procuring another to commit prostitution, lewdness or assignation, you may suffer the following punishments:
- First-degree misdemeanor charge for a first violation
- Third-degree felony charge for a second violation
- Second-degree felony charge for a third or subsequent violation
- Mandatory completion of 100 community service hours
- You must pay for and attend an educational program about the negative effects of prostitution and human trafficking if such programs exist in the judicial circuit in which you are sentenced
- Minimum mandatory incarceration for 10 days
Examples of Solicitation
Unfortunately, many of our clients do not realize they committed a crime until it is too late. The police are on high alert for prostitutes and solicitors alike, therefore if you are caught in the wrong place at the wrong time, you could end up behind bars. It’s worth mentioning that it doesn’t matter if you actually engaged in sexual acts with a prostitute. If the prosecution can prove intent and the existence of an offer, then that may be enough to convince a judge and jury of your guilt.
This is why it can benefit you to learn some examples of solicitation crimes to best avoid getting a criminal charge. They include:
- Negotiating a price to engage in sexual acts with a prostitute
- Offering to pay cash to a prostitute in exchange for sex
- Offering to reduce a person’s monthly rent in exchange for sex
- Asking a friend to have sex with you in exchange for drugs
- Withdrawing money from an ATM after getting asked to pay for a sexual act
- Driving a prostitute to a hotel with the intent of receiving sexual gratification
Charged with Solicitation? Fight Back.
Solicitation is a particularly interesting crime because a sexual act does not need to take place for the offense to be committed. Simply showing intent, will or making an offer to engage sexually with a prostitute can be enough to convict you of solicitation.
For the best chances of fighting your accusations, retain the legal representation of our Orlando solicitation defense attorney. For over 15 years, we’ve helped clients resolve their accusations by getting their sentence minimized or dropped altogether. Allow us to help you achieve the same favorable outcome.
Clients in Orange County and Seminole County can rely on us to defend their case.
Contact us at (407) 995-6735 to learn more!