Solicitation Charges in Solano County
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In most states, any sexual favors or acts that are given in exchange for some sort of gain, whether monetary or of some other nature, are illegal. The broad category of this type of activity is known as prostitution. However, while prostitution tends to focus on the individuals who are giving the sexual favors in exchange for something, it is important to remember that the people on the other end of the transaction can be in trouble with the law as well.
Solicitation is the act whereby an individual asks for, offers money for or invites one to engage in sexual acts with them in exchange for some sort of gain. The most explicit example of this type of criminal activity is a male client who pays a certain amount of money for a couple hours with a prostitute. In a police investigation, the prostitute will be investigated for the crime of prostitution, but his or her customer will also be facing charges of solicitation because they paid or agreed to pay an amount in exchange for sexual acts.
Defense Against Solicitation Charges and The Question of Entrapment
With the abundance of technology and social networking, law enforcement has been forced to become more creative in their stings and investigations to bring out solicitors and sexual predators. One of the most common venues for solicitation is through the internet. Online chat rooms, dating websites and other virtual media outlets are prime targets of police investigations seeking to implicate those engaging in solicitation. In these investigations, undercover agents will often pose as young women and girls in order to entice one to commit the crime of online solicitation. Unsuspecting individuals may accidentally use the wrong language or say something that could be construed as solicitation, thereby mixing themselves up in a criminal investigation that could lead to them being charged.
In spite of ongoing investigations targeted at alleged solicitation offenders, law enforcement are bound by certain standards of procedures intended to preserve the rights and privacy on individuals. Criminal entrapment is defense often used to fight the charges of online or other types of solicitation. Entrapment defense claims that law enforcement or government employees induced the defendant to commit a series of crimes that they were not predisposed to commit. If this is found be true, the defendant could potentially be acquitted of charges or at least be granted some leniency in light of the government's wrongdoings.
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First time offenses are generally charged as misdemeanors, but second and subsequent offenses may be felonies, where penalties will include imprisonment in state prison, fines, probation, and sex offender registration. Even a misdemeanor conviction can lead to up to 12 months in county jail as well as fines and other penalties. You may have simply been in the wrong place at the wrong time. You may have been coerced into making a statement that sounded as though you were offering money in exchange for sexual acts.