I’ve been charged with criminal solicitation but I’m not sure what it means or what I should do…?
A variety of acts can be defined as solicitation, but the general definition of criminal solicitation is when one person strongly encourages another person to engage in a criminal act. Criminal solicitation commonly involves crimes such as prostitution and drug dealing. Politicians are on occasion convicted for solicitation of a bribe. The crime of solicitation is completed if one person intentionally entices, advises, incites, orders, or otherwise encourages another to commit a crime. The crime solicited does note need to actually be committed for solicitation to occur.
In the case of prostitution, both the prostitute and the “client” can be charged with solicitation if each person encouraged the other to engage in the criminal act regardless of whether any sex act occurred. Solicitation is the act of asking someone to engage in a criminal act, not the act itself. Additional charges may also be brought to either party, depending on the particular circumstances or whether any sexual act occurred.