In Nevada, solicitation specifically refers to the suggestion or offer of prostitution to another person. However, the details regarding committing this crime are somewhat confusing, which is why we have created a list of details you should know about solicitation.
Types of Solicitation
Solicitation charges are often difficult to defend, as someone can consider a simple suggestive comment to be an act of solicitation. Because of this, solicitation charges often arise out of misunderstood or misconstrued conversations. Actual solicitation can involve:
- Offering money for sexual favors or intercourse
- Offering other valuable items for sexual favors or intercourse
- Offering sexual intercourse or favors in exchange for money
- Offering sexual intercourse or favors in exchange for other valuable items
Because a solicitation charge does not refer to the actual act of prostitution, you can commit one of the above crimes by mere suggestion of the act, even if the action itself never occurs.
Defenses to Solicitation
A number of defenses can be used to fight a solicitation charge. One of the most common is the lack of an actual monetary agreement; essentially, two parties were discussing a sexual encounter, but there was no monetary value or fee associated with that encounter.
Another common defense is that a third-party (a pimp, for example), forced the solicitation. The solicitor can claim they acted out of fear of what would happen if they did not follow the orders of the identified third-party. In this situation, the court often offers a plea bargain on the condition that the solicitor can provide incriminating information about the third-party.
Penalties of Solicitation
Generally considered a misdemeanor offense, the act of solicitation can result in up to 6 months in Nevada jail and up to $1,000 in fines. The person who accepts an act of solicitation may face harsher penalties. A first-time offender will face up to 6 months in jail, up to $1,600 in total fines, and possible court-mandated community service.
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At Turco & Draskovich, we understand that solicitation charges are often based on a misunderstanding, and can seriously impact your life. That is why we don’t judge you based on your charges. Instead, we work with you to analyze the evidence and develop a solid defensive strategy. We have experience with a variety of criminal allegations and negotiate inside and outside the courtroom to have your charges dropped. You need a professional and dedicated lawyer to take on your solicitation case. Talk to one of our Las Vegas sex crime attorneys today.
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