In Virginia, solicitation of prostitution includes the element of a substantial act in persistence. This is similar to an attempt element. It is significant in that most other solicitation crimes do not include this element. If you have been charged with solicitation of a prostitute or solicitation of any other act that is illegal, you may find that a local Virginia lawyer who is willing to hear your side of the story. Every so often, experienced attorneys will offer a consultation.
There are many things a lawyer can do in advance to get a client ready to defend a crime of this kind. However, the lawyer must understand that there are psychological reasons for a client that why he may seek the services of a prostitute. This is where the potential need of a psychiatrist comes into play. If the lawyer you hire really tries to understand you, then the lawyer may decide that you would benefit from a psychiatric evaluation that may reveal why you may not have intentionally committed the offense of solicitation of prostitution in Virginia.
Prostitution is considered a sex crime in Virginia, and a conviction carries jail time and huge fines. Laws against prostitution criminalize the proposal of, agreement to or participation in any form of sexual act for compensation. There must be some agreement or offer to exchange the money for sexual services. Those sexual services include adultery, fornication, oral sex, and anal sex. The final key element of this offense is the substantial act requirement. The prosecution must prove that the defendant took some action after the offer. That action must be sufficiently related or tied to following through with the offense.
Solicitation of prostitution is a Class 1 misdemeanor in Virginia. The authorized punishments for conviction of Class 1 misdemeanors are confinement in jail for up to 1 year and a fine of up to $2,500, either or both. However, soliciting a minor aged 16 or older is punishable as a Class 6 felony. Soliciting a minor under the age of 16 is punishable as a Class 5 felony. Given the seriousness of these consequences, those arrested for solicitation of prostitution in Virginia and those who suspect they may be under enquiry for solicitation should immediately contact an experienced lawyer to begin shaping a successful defense strategy.
Defending clients charged with solicitation of prostitution is not merely going through a checklist to see whether the police did everything right to charge you with that type of crime. The compassionate and capable Virginia solicitation of prostitution attorneys at our law firm will work to make things simpler for you.
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