New York Solicitation
A New York Solicitation Lawyer will agree that there are few crimes that result in more embarrassment than solicitation. The crime of solicitation involves asking for money in exchange for sex, or sexual acts. More men are often found guilty of this sex crime than women. Either way, being accused of a sex crime may bring not only criminal penalties, but also humiliation to the accused. It is important to note that with this crime, the mere solicitation of sexual services is enough to be charged, regardless of whether the actual act is carried out. If you are accused or arrested for a sex crime such as indecent exposure (New York Penal Law 245.01), sex with a minor, prostitution (New York Penal Law 230), rape (New York Penal Law 130.05), or sexual abuse, contact a qualified New York Solicitation Lawyer from our team at Stephen Bilkis and Associates right so we can advise you how to protect your legal rights.
The definition of criminal solicitation in the First Degree (NY Penal Law 100.13) states, “A person is guilty of criminal solicitation in the first degree when, being over 18 years of age, with the intent that another person under 16 years of age engage in conduct that would constitute a class A felony, he solicits, requests, commands, importunes or otherwise attempts to cause such other person to engage in such conduct.” This crime is classified as a class C felony.
Criminal Solicitation in the Second Degree (NY Penal Law 100.10) is defined as follows: This crime is committed when there is “intent that another person engages in conduct constituting a class A felony, he solicits, requests, commands, importunes or otherwise attempts to cause such other person to engage in such conduct.” This crime is classified as an E felony.
Criminal Solicitation in the Third Degree (NY Penal Law 100.08) is described as: “A person is guilty of criminal solicitation in the third degree when, being over 18 years of age, with the intent that another person under 16 years of age engage in conduct that would constitute a felony, he solicits, requests, commands, importunes or otherwise attempts to cause such other person to engage in such conduct.”
If you have been charged with solicitation, it can be an embarrassing and frightening experience. It is important to discuss the circumstances of your case with an experienced New York Sex Crime Lawyer from Stephen Bilkis and Associates. Depending on the circumstances of your case, your lawyer may be able to reduce the charges against you, or even possibly have them dropped completely in some instances.
There are many different offenses that surround prostitution in addition to solicitation. One of these is called pimping or pandering. The laws that are against promoting prostitution crimes are directed at third parties who stand to benefit from the crime.
Another related offense is the crime of advancing prostitution (New York Penal Law 230.15). In order for the crime to be committed the following elements must be present:
- Assisting another to engage in prostitution
- Finding or soliciting prospective clients or “johns”
- Operate a house of prostitution
- Provide a place for prostitution
- Do anything to facilitate or aid in prostitution
It is important to note that the offense of patronizing or promoting prostitution are on the list of registerable offenses under the Sex Offender Registration Act (SORA). This means that if you are found guilty, you could be ordered to register as a sex offender.
SORA applies pursuant to both state and federal law. There are three levels of registration based on risk level. There are also three designations; sexual predator, sexually violent or predicate sex offender. The court will determine the length of time that a defendant must be registered based on a combination of the risk level and designation of the defendant.
Contact the offices of Stephen Bilkis and Associates. Speak with a skilled New York Solicitation Lawyer from our team to discuss possible defense strategies. When you come in, you will receive a free consultation. Whether you have been charged with an internet sex crime, child pornography, statutory rape, lewd conduct, sodomy, spousal rape or prostitution, we want to create a defense strategy that makes sense for you. Our New York City offices serve clients throughout the five boroughs of New York City including Queens, Staten Island, Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Manhattan, as well as in Westchester County. Our Long Island offices support our clients in Nassau County and Suffolk County. Call us today at 800.696.9529 to schedule your free consultation.