Philadelphia Solicitation Lawyer

Defending Against this Prostitution-Related Offense

Are you being accused of solicitation? "Solicitation" is a term used in a variety of legal contexts, and in reference to prostitution, it means to request, entice, ask, or urge someone to commit an unlawful act. In Pennsylvania, you can be charged with the crime of "promoting prostitution" if you are found soliciting someone to patronize a prostitute, or agreeing to receive a prostitute's services, even if the criminal act was never actually carried out or completed. If you are convicted of promoting prostitution, you could face up to two years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines. That said, you need a strong Philadelphia criminal defense attorney from Parkinson, Tarpey & Lloyd to stand up for your rights.

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Solicitation: Promoting Prostitution

In regards to state law, solicitation is covered under § 5902(b)(4) and § 5902(b)(8), promoting prostitution. Under these sections, it is unlawful to:

  • Solicit another person to patronize a prostitute,
  • Solicit,
  • Receive, or
  • Agree to receive any benefit from violating this section.

In simple terms, you can be convicted of promoting prostitution if you get someone else to agree to procure a prostitute's services, or if you solicit a prostitute for your own purposes, or if you receive any benefit from soliciting or receive any such benefit.

Often, undercover cops will dress as prostitutes in sting operations looking for "Johns" to arrest. In such cases, the undercover cop will entice the John to agree to her services, and then he will be arrested on the spot or in a motel room nearby.

A violation under this section can be prosecuted as a felony of the third degree, or a misdemeanor of the second degree. As a misdemeanor of the second degree, it is punishable by up to 2 years in prison, and a fine not to exceed $5,000.

Call Our Sex Offenses Attorneys Today

If you are facing charges for solicitation or another prostitution-related offense, contact our office at once for a strong defense! You do not want to risk your reputation, your family, or your career because of a solicitation charge. Our Philadelphia sex offenses lawyers are former prosecutors who will do more than just protect your privacy, we will work relentlessly to fight your charges and protect your future.

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