In Texas, it is a crime to commit, promote, compel, or solicit prostitution,
regardless of whether or not a sexual act was actually committed. An individual
commits prostitution when they knowingly engage in sexual contact, or
offer to engage in sexual contact, for a fee.
The Law Offices of Jed Silverman has considerable experience representing
clients charged with
sex crime and solicitation offenses, including those that occurred during undercover
police sting operations and online solicitation that involves the use
of a computer. Our team also has experience handling other crimes involving
prostitution, such as promotion of prostitution. Led by Jed Silverman,
a Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist by the Texas Board of Legal
Specialization, we have the insight and resources to protect the rights
of clients during these difficult cases.
Is Solicitation a Misdemeanor or Felony?
How solicitation is charged depends on the nature of the offense. A basic
charge of solicitation involving one person asking and one person accepting
is usually punished as a misdemeanor. However, habitual offenders with
three or more convictions can face felony charges for solicitation.
Solicitation involving minors is also a more serious offense that can result
in felony convictions and possible sex offender registration. Solicitation
of a minor between the ages of 14 and 18 is considered a third degree
felony, while solicitation of a minor under the age of 14 is a second
What Are the Penalties for Solicitation?
Under Texas law, a first offense soliciting another person to commit prostitution
is a Class B misdemeanor which can result in the following penalties:
- Up to 180 days in jail
- Probation or house arrest in lieu of jail
- Community service
- A fine of up to $2,000
Being accused of solicitation will not necessarily result in mandatory
sex offender registry, but it may be a possibility depending on the circumstances
of your case. Additionally, penalties will escalate given the circumstances
involved in your case. Solicitation of a minor, for example, can carry
very severe penalties, including mandatory minimum sentences. With your
freedom and reputation on the line, it is imperative that you contact
a Houston sex crime attorney immediately to begin building your defense.
Potential Defenses Against Solicitation Charges
The key factor in a successful prosecution of solicitation is proving that
a defendant knowingly solicited another person to perform sex acts. The
state has the burden of proving that the defendant knew what they were
doing beyond a reasonable, as well as showing that money or other items
of value were offered in exchange. If they cannot prove these two elements,
the defense may ask for the case to be reduced or dismissed. All cases
are unique, which is why we tailor defense strategies based on the unique
facts of your case.
Don’t Delay – Schedule Your Free Consultation Today
If you have been arrested and accused of solicitation, you need to contact
The Law Offices of Jed Silverman as soon as possible. Our legal team is
standing by to help you better understand your rights, the criminal process,
and what we can do to help achieve the best resolution possible.
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