Stratford Solicitation Lawyer
Connecticut treats solicitation crimes very seriously. A person cannot exchange sex acts for a fee, or pay a fee in exchange for sex. The second act is known as solicitation. Though many people, including one state in America, believe that solicitation should be legal, Connecticut lawmakers are decidedly not among them.
Not only are the penalties for a solicitation conviction steep, but other consequences, such as the potential embarrassment of being associated with soliciting prostitution could have long-reaching effects on an accused party.
This is why the expedient contacting of a Stratford solicitation lawyer may be essential in protecting your legal and professional rights, as well as your reputation.
If you or a close associate is charged, arrested, or even accused of solicitation, contacting a knowledgeable criminal attorney may be the key to minimizing, or dismissing, any charges against you.
Legal Definition of Solicitation
Under Title 53a, Chapter 952, Section 53a-83 of the 2016 Connecticut General Statutes (CT Gen Stat § 53a-83 (2016)), a person could be charged and convicted for solicitation if:
- They, with prior understanding, pay a fee to another person following that person’s, or a third person’s, past sexual acts that were done to the paying party
- They, with intent, agree to pay a fee to another person with the understanding that the paying party will receive sexual acts from the payee or a third party
- They solicit or request for another person to engage in sexual acts with them in exchange for a fee
Potential Penalties for a Conviction
Solicitation in Connecticut is a Class A misdemeanor and carries penalties of up to $2,000 in fines and up to a year in prison.
There are other more serious consequences for other forms of solicitation, as defined in CT Gen Stat § 53a-83 (2016).
A party may be charged and convicted with a Class C felony if said party patronizes a prostitute and knew, or reasonably should have known that at the time of the solicitation either that the payee was under 18 years of age and/or the payee was the alleged victim of someone trafficking sex, or was the alleged victim of someone who was violating a crime under 18 USC Chapter 77
Connecticut lawmakers are far from sympathetic to those parties who solicit for sex. The penalties for soliciting in Connecticut may indeed have harsh consequences for an accused party’s financial, personal, and professional well-being.
A fierce and resourceful Stratford solicitation lawyer willing to staunchly advocate on an accused party’s behalf, could work tirelessly on the accused’s behalf to minimize or dismiss their charges.
Possible Defense Against Charges
Although solicitation cases may appear simple, there are ways that a thorough defense attorney could effectively advocate on behalf of a person charged with solicitation.
The act of solicitation requires that the accused party had “intent”. There is the possibility that the party charged for solicitation never offered and never intended to compensate the payee for the sexual act.
Perhaps more simply, an attorney may be able to argue and demonstrate successfully that a party was wrongly accused, or was mistaken for someone else.
Even for parties who do not believe one of the aforementioned defenses applies to them, a knowledgeable Stratford solicitation attorney’s counsel could still prove invaluable in solicitation cases.
Reaching Out to a Stratford Solicitation Attorney
If you, or a close affiliate, is charged with solicitation, or have any questions/concerns regarding possible defenses, a determined Stratford solicitation lawyer could advocate and litigate for you. To determine your options, contact our office to schedule a free consultation today.