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If you have been charged with solicitation, it is essential to retain the representation of a criminal defense lawyer who can start building your legal defense. Our team at Abilheira Law, LLC, is dedicated to providing comprehensive legal representation to those accused of solicitation to ensure that you are informed of your rights and understand your legal options. We can help you navigate the confusing legal process and ensure that your rights are protected every step of the way.
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Understanding Solicitation Charges
You may be charged with solicitation if you have the intent to facilitate or engage in an activity that is unlawful and request or demand another individual’s participation. In the case of solicitation, the intended crime does not need to have been committed in order for the accused to be found guilty.
There are two elements that must be proven to convict someone of solicitation:
- That the individual requested or encouraged participation in criminal activity
- That the individual intended to participate in criminal activity
Since no crime needs to have been committed, the key elements of these cases are intent and communication. Both of these elements can be disputed with the right legal strategy. The burden of proof in solicitation cases lies with the prosecution, and without sufficient evidence, the charges can be dismissed.
Rhode Island Prostitution and Procurement of Sexual Conduct for a Fee
The most common form of criminal solicitation in Rhode Island is prostitution and/or Procurement of Sexual Conduct For a Fee. According to Rhode Island law,
“a person is guilty of procuring or attempting to procure sexual conduct for the payment of a fee if they engage or seek to engage in sexual conduct for any type of fee and/or pay or agree to pay any type of fee for sexual conduct.” (§ 11-34.1-3)
This is charged as a misdemeanor and offenders face penalties of fines between $250-$1,000 and imprisonment for up to one year. Subsequent offenses can carry additional penalties including longer prison sentences and higher fines.
Another common charge related to solicitation is prostitution. Rhode Island statute states that “a person is guilty of prostitution when such person engages, or agrees, or offers to engage in sexual conduct with another person in return for a fee.” (§ 11-34.1-2) Prostitution is considered a misdemeanor and can carry penalties including fines between $250-$1,000 and a prison sentence of up to six months. Subsequent offenses relating to prosecution can carry fines of $500-$1000 and a prison sentence of up to one year.
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