Prostitution is a serious crime in the state of Arizona. Not only is it generally frowned up and held with contempt, it is also an area that can connect to much greater issues that can get one into heaps of trouble. It is of the essence to get legal advice promptly or as soon as possible if you have been accused of soliciting for prostitution. That being said, know there are defense options available to you.
What is Prostitution Defined as in Arizona?
In the state of Arizona, prostitution is defined as the engagement, agreement, or offering of any sexual conduct or act under a fee arrangement with any person for money or any other valuable consideration. In simpler terms, prostitution is the exchange of any sexual conduct being exchanged or having a transactional origin to it.
Solicitation has its own definitions as well. In Arizona, Sec 23-52, it has a specific guideline for determining how to classify solicitation of prostitution. The first and clear solicitation of prostitution manifests itself clearly through directly offering to, agreeing to, or committing an act of prostitution.
Secondly, soliciting or hiring another person to commit an act of prostitution. Solicitation can also be identified by someone who is in a public space or place open to public view, or on a public roadway, manifesting some intent to commit or solicit an act of prostitution. Intent may be identified as, for example: a vehicle that repeatedly stops, attempts to beckon to, or attempts to stop and engage a passerby seeking to commit an act of prostitution.
What are the Consequences for Soliciting Prostitution in Arizona?
First offenses are considered a Class 1 misdemeanor, punishable up to six months jail and fines up to $2,500. Following a first offense, more time has to be served in jail, and by a third offense, a minimum of 60 days in jail and a treatment program are necessary.
What to do if Accused of Soliciting for Prostitution in Arizona
If you have been accused, the steps are simple. Remain calm and composed to take the next step. Call an attorney experienced in sex crimes. This will be helpful as they are really the aids that will guide you through critical decisions to make.
Have You Been Accused of Soliciting for Prostitution? Call Us Today
Being accused of soliciting for prostitution is no light accusation. There are so many weights carried to soliciting for prostitution, and it is important to act immediately. These accusations weigh on personal life, and even potentially the professional life depending on the nature of the accusations. Take a deep breath, and relax — rest assured you have options. At Blumberg & Associates, our Phoenix criminal attorneys are ready to help guide and advise the proper direction to take following prostitution solicitation accusations. If you have any questions or concerns, have confidence calling our staff at (602) 277-6180 today.