Georgia laws consider solicitation a crime often associated primarily with the crime of prostitution.
If you find yourself facing charges of solicitation in the state of Georgia, it is crucial to understand the gravity of the situation and to take immediate action to protect your rights and interests. Being charged with solicitation can have serious consequences, including fines, potential imprisonment, damage to your reputation, and limitations on your future opportunities. It it is imperative to seek the guidance and expertise of experienced and dedicated legal professionals.
At our firm, Phillips Carson Phillips, we understand the emotional stress, potential embarrassment, and fear that comes with being charged with solicitation. Our team of highly skilled attorneys is committed to providing you with comprehensive legal representation and working to build a solid defense on your behalf. With years of experience in Georgia, we are well-equipped to guide you through every step of the legal process, ensuring your rights are protected and vigorously advocating for your best outcome.
What is Solicitation?
According to Georgia Code § 16-4-7, solicitation refers to the act of asking or trying to obtain something from someone. It is commonly associated with prostitution. Prostitution and solicitation of prostitution are illegal in Georgia. Solicitation of prostitution is the act of encouraging, bribing, requesting, or commanding a person to engage in sexual acts. Solicitation can occur even if the other person does not agree to the exchange or no payment is made. The crime is in the “asking.”
Any person found guilty of solicitation of prostitution can face fines and/or jail time.
Penalties for Solicitation of Prostitution in Georgia
Solicitation of prostitution is usually classified as a misdemeanor unless aggravating circumstances are present, such as involving a minor or human trafficking, which would result in a felony charge.
A charge of misdemeanor solicitation carries the potential for up to 12 months in jail and/or a fine of up to $5,000. If convicted, a person may also be required to register as a sex offender depending on the severity of the charges.
Felony convictions for solicitation of a minor or human trafficking result in much more severe penalties. For example Georgia law (O.C.G.A. 16-4-7) states, a felony shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than one nor more than three years. A person convicted of the offense of criminal solicitation to commit a crime punishable by death or by life imprisonment shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than one nor more than five years.
In addition to the criminal penalties associated with solicitation of prostitution, individuals who are convicted could also face civil penalties including court costs, restitution payments to victims, and other fees associated with their conviction. In some cases, those convicted may be required to attend mandatory counseling classes or perform community service.
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When faced with solicitation charges, it is important to not answer questions by investigators without your lawyer. Though you may be tempted to explain, it is best to have a lawyer. Investigators are looking for a conviction and your words can be used against you.
Our firm is dedicated to ensuring that every client receives a fair and just legal process. We will thoroughly investigate the evidence against you, seeking any flaws or inconsistencies that could be used to your advantage. Our lawyers will analyze the circumstances surrounding your arrest, scrutinizing every detail to develop a compelling defense strategy. Our goal is to get charges dropped or obtain the best outcome given the circumstances.