If you are ever charged with sex solicitation it is imperative that you hire a criminal defense attorney. In Oregon sex solicitation is a misdemeanor crime—not a felony like promoting or compelling prostitution charges. But, the consequences of a conviction can cause extreme hardship to you or your loved ones. Here are a few of the top reasons to consult with a professional attorney in your sex solicitation defense.
But first, a definition:
In Oregon, you can be charged with sex solicitation if
- Sexual acts were offered for a fee.
- Money was offered for sexual acts.
- An agreement was reached that allowed the exchange of money for a sexual act.
If you are convicted of a sex solicitation crime you could face up to a year in jail and/or a $6,250 fine. As with most criminal convictions, the severity of the sentence and fine depends on a number of factors. These include your criminal history, if this is a first time or repeated offense, where you are tried, and who the judge is.
In some Oregon counties a first-time sex solicitation offender can receive a conviction with probation and possibly a jail sentence. In others, you receive acommunity court offer, where the charges against you will be dismissed as long as you remain crime free for a specific period of time and attend a one-day “John” class.
Why do you need an attorney?
- The legal system can be very confusing.
There are a lot of factors that can affect your trial for sex solicitation, which can make it very confusing to try and navigate the process by yourself. It is a defense attorney’s job to understand the complexities of the legal system and help guide you through them. They can also work to help get the charges against you dropped or reduced, something that can be hard to accomplish alone.
- These are serious charges that can negatively affect your family, career, and life.
Being charged for a sex solicitation crime can greatly impact every facet of your life. While defense attorney’s can not fix every arena touched by the charge—they cannot remove your arrest from online sources, for example—they can help you lessen the effects. They can also help qualifying individuals expunge or seal their criminal records, obtain a community court offer for first-time offenders, and point you towards other resources that can help you rebuild.
Sex solicitation charges do not need to define the rest of your life. A good defense attorney can help you get through the court process so that you can move forward.
If you need a defense attorney for a sex solicitation charge and are in the Portland area, then you should contact Andy Green, Attorney at Law, P.C. He will handle your case without judgement. Green was also previously a prosecutor, so is very familiar with the potential arguments a prosecutor may make in your trial. Call (503) 377-5040 or contact us online today.