Brooklyn Solicitation Attorney
Aggressive Defense from a Brooklyn Sex Crimes Lawyer
Like any sex crime, being arrested for solicitation can bring about immense
shame, even taking years to recover from the social stigma and penalties
incurred as a result. Solicitation is associated with prostitution and
is therefore looked down upon by law enforcement and courts throughout
New York. If arrested, you need an experienced
Brooklyn sex crimes lawyer willing to fight for your rights.
Attorney Sidney has over 10 years of experience in criminal defense and
the unique perspective of a former prosecutor. He knows that engaging
the right strategy is critical in the outcome of your case. Regardless
of the extent of your charges,
Attorney Sidney will work tirelessly to secure a favorable outcome.
How are solicitation crimes usually punished?
According to New York law, solicitation takes place when one person pays
another person to engage in sexual conduct or attempts to commit a sexual
act by way of monetary compensation. In order to be convicted, the prosecution
might be required to prove that the defendant specifically intended to
engage in prostitution.
Solicitation is usually considered a misdemeanor but may be escalated to
a felony under more serious circumstances. If an individual is a repeat
offender or has been convicted of prior sex crimes, penalties may become
Penalties can include all of the following:
- Up to a year in jail for a first-time offender
- 5 years or more in prison for a felony conviction
- Up to $1,000 in fines, including restitution to the victim
- A probationary period of at least 12 months
- Community service requirements
For many first-time offenders, the court will consider a pretrial diversion
program. This program allows the defendant to meet specific requirements
before their trial date. If they can complete each requirement, all solicitation
charges may be dropped.
A pretrial diversion program is a much better alternative to other penalties,
but it takes the dedicated efforts of your attorney to ensure that you're
given a fair chance.
Contact the Law Offices of Lowell J. Sidney today to speak with a Brooklyn sex crimes lawyer. Your future depends on it!