Solicitation is a serious offense in Colorado. The act of solicitation occurs when one party offers sexual contact or acts in exchange for payment. Fighting solicitation charges could be difficult to handle alone. A tenacious defense attorney could help your case.
A Greeley solicitation lawyer could review the facts of the case, ensure your rights are protected and help you avoid the consequences of a conviction. Speak to Justie and Jenn at Nicol Gersch to get started building your defense.
Solicitation refers to one person tempting another into agreeing to engage in some sexual acts. The alleged actor does not need to do anything else, such as carry out a sexual act or even take a substantial step towards sexual contact, for the courts to convict that person.
The State of Colorado defines solicitation as:
A violation of this act is a class 3 misdemeanor, as described in Colorado Revised Statutes §18-7-202. If convicted, individuals may face six months in jail as well as a fine of up to $5,000. A skilled Greeley lawyer could build a defense to help reduce the consequences of a conviction.
If a person carries out an act of prostitution by having some sexual act for money with a prostitute who is not the patron’s spouse, that violates C.R.S. §18-7-205. The law includes having sexual encounters and going to a brothel with the plan of having sex with a prostitute. The court considers this act to be a class 1 misdemeanor, which may include up to one year in prison and a $5,000 fine.
Though solicitation of an adult is a misdemeanor, attempting to hire a child prostitute is a felony. The law does not take into consideration whether the accused knew the age of the solicited prostitute.
A child is anyone under the age of 18. Prostitution of a child is inducing a minor to have or agree to engage in a sexual act through threat, coercion, or force.
According to C.R.S. §18-7-402, the law states that soliciting a child is a class 3 felony. Solicitation includes:
If convicted, the perpetrator could face up to 12 years in jail and $750,000 in fines.
This law relies heavily on facts and interpretation of people’s behavior. Due to the complexities of solicitations and sex crimes cases, it is best you seek help from an experienced defense attorney. You may discover that an attorney at Nicol Gersch Petterson could be invaluable as you prepare your defense. A Greeley solicitation lawyer can help level the playing field and make sure you are protected and not taken advantage of by the legal system.
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