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Skilled Defense For Solicitation Charges

When an individual is accused of seeking the services of a prostitute or persuading someone to commit a sexual act with the promise of money, the criminal charge is called solicitation. If you are charged with solicitation of prostitution, your life and future may be in jeopardy, as this is a serious sex crime charge that can appear on your permanent criminal record if you are convicted.

At John A. Price III, P.A., in Minneapolis, we have the experience you need to protect your rights when facing solicitation charges. Criminal defense attorney John Price has been handling these and other types of criminal law matters throughout the Twin Cities area for over 25 years. He can help you understand the seriousness of your case and the options you have for seeking a resolution.

Whether you are pursuing a dismissal of the charges or a plea bargain, take action now. Call 612-326-0701 for a free consultation

Internet Solicitation

In today’s society, where every home has a computer and internet access, many sex crime cases stem from online communications. This is the same with solicitation matters. Many individuals are accused of using the internet to solicit prostitution or commit other prostitution-related crimes. If you are accused of internet solicitation, our firm can be your defense. We take the time to thoroughly investigate these complex cases and enlist forensic computer experts when needed.

Penalties Upon Conviction In Minnesota

If you are convicted of solicitation of prostitution, you may be facing a range of consequences.

  • If the prostitute is 18 or older, solicitation is a misdemeanor or gross misdemeanor, punishable by a fine and community service, along with the sex crime conviction on your record.
  • However, if the prostitute is underage, solicitation becomes a very serious felony. A conviction carries up to 20 years in prison (depending on the prostitute’s age), fines up to $40,000 and mandatory sex offender registration.

Though these maximum penalties may seem extreme, it is important to note that the courts take a variety of factors into consideration when determining an actual punishment on a solicitation charge. Though some factors can increase the severity of the punishments, most lessen them, especially if the offense is a misdemeanor and not a felony. Factors to consider can include where the crime occurred (public or private), other circumstances of the crime, the victim’s age and the criminal history of the accused.

We always try to intervene at the pre-charging stage to try to avoid the worst consequences. Sometimes we can convince the prosecutor to reduce the charges or drop the case altogether. This is extremely important in sex crime cases because sex offender status in Minnesota is based on the highest offense charged regardless of which charges result in actual conviction.

Hire An Experienced Solicitation Defense Attorney

Are you fighting a solicitation charge in the Minneapolis area? Attorney Price will meet with you and assess your case during a free consultation. To schedule your consult, either call our Lakeville law office at 612-326-0701 or contact us online.