Penalties for Being Convicted on Charges of Solicitation
If you have been charged with solicitation, our knowledgeable and experienced Boston area criminal defense law attorneys can help. The Law Offices of Gerald J. Noonan is available to assist clients throughout all of Massachusetts and the Greater Boston area including South Boston, Brockton, Cambridge, Somerville, Quincy, New Bedford, Taunton, Attleboro, Lowell, Woburn, Medford, Waltham, Wareham, Lynn, Lawrence, Wrentham, Dedham, Salem, Fall River, Brookline, Chelsea, Worcester, Framingham, Everett, Revere, Dorchester and Roxbury and all smaller cities and rural areas in Massachusetts.
In Massachusetts, soliciting the services of a prostitute is punishable by up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $500. The penalty of serving jail time is not always invoked, but the fines are almost always imposed for solicitation.
In order to be accused of solicitation, it’s only necessary to approach, agree to pay, or actually pay the prostitute in question; you don’t need to actually follow her to her place of business, much less complete the act you were negotiating about.
A conviction for solicitation may seem relatively minor, but it can leave a mark on your permanent record that can make it difficult to later find a job or obtain a loan. And a conviction on charges of solicitation may also lead to your embarrassing public designation as a “John,” either online or in a newspaper of public record).
Charged with Solicitation of a Prostitute? Our lawyers can help.
The criminal attorneys at The Law Offices of Gerald J. Noonan may be able to fight a charge of solicitation by establishing that you did not actually solicit the prostitute, or that the alleged incident was a misunderstanding. It’s also often the case that overeager undercover officers entrap potential perpetrators; if this has happened to you, our attorneys may succeed in having the charges dismissed outright.
No matter where you are located, we are just a phone call away. Call us to schedule a free no-obligation case review and consultation at (508) 588-0422 and you will have taken your first step to find out how best to confront this important matter. You can also click here to use our Free Case Evaluation Form.