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 more serious.
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!