Similar to prostitution, the solicitation of a prostitute is illegal in Arizona. Additionally, almost every municipality, including Tempe, has created ordinances to ban the behavior.
Solicitation of prostitution is the act of requesting, encouraging or otherwise soliciting another person to perform a criminal act, specifically a sexual act. Tempe city ordinance 22.1 also considers the use of any building for acts of prostitution a form of solicitation.
Arizona State Statute 13-1002 has created solicitation guidelines that classify an act of solicitation based on the act solicited. For example, solicitation of a misdemeanor would classify the charge as a class 3 misdemeanor. Phoenix and Mesa ordinance both categorize solicitation of a prostitute as a misdemeanor, but have established mandatory jail time for convictions.
- First Offense – 15 days in jail
- Second Offense – 30 days in jail
- Third Offense – 60 days in jail
- Fourth Offense – 180 days in jail
The Kyle T. Green Approach to Solicitation Defense
As a former Arizona prosecutor, I have seen how prostitution and solicitation charges are handled on both sides of the courtroom. This has provided me the vital experience to develop strong defense strategies. One possible defense option would be entrapment, especially if you were charged when engaged with an undercover police officer. Entrapment often occurs when the solicitation of prostitution is induced or encouraged by the undercover officer.
With me on your side, we will fight to have your solicitation charges reduced or dismissed completely. Call 480-331-7568 and schedule a free consultation where we can discuss your case, options and rights.