Solicitation Charges Maryland
If you have been charged with solicitation in the state of Maryland, it is a misdemeanor unless the charge involves a minor. Solicitation of a minor is a felony and the important thing to remember is that it does not require physical contact to have taken place. Soliciting is defined as communicating a request to another person for sex with the promise of compensation. A conviction can obtained even if the request is not accepted, nothing happened, and no money exchanged hands.
An Arrest can have many Consequences
With the technology of today, many of these charges stem from Internet chat rooms, particularly with someone who is posing as a minor. Several counties in Maryland have vice units that constantly monitor the Internet for this purpose. Police officers consistently set up stings in which they pose as prostitutes to catch people soliciting sex.
When you are arrested for any crime, there are other consequences. Your name and address as well as other information about you will be published in the “Maryland Judiciary”. This website allows the public to search for information on charges just by putting in a name. Your name will also be in public court records. In addition to the humiliation, arrests can result in the loss of your job and possibly divorce. Businesses are very particular about their image and employees who are arrested for this charge or any type of crime are often let go.
What you Need to Do
If you have been arrested for solicitation, this can be a very frightening experience. A first time arrest may leave you feeling very vulnerable, not knowing which way to turn or where to go for help. It is very important that you talk to an attorney before saying anything to anyone else. When you are arrested and read your rights, they really do mean that anything you say can be held against you in a court of law. It is natural to try and explain your actions when you feel that you are in trouble. However, the only person you should speak to is your lawyer.
Robinson & Associates has more than 20 years experience handling criminal cases. In addition, their knowledge of the law can prove invaluable to your situation. Many times it may be possible to resolve the charges without a conviction that will stay on your record. You need to know your legal rights and one of them is the right to be represented by a lawyer who can help you through the arrest and subsequent hearings. We defend people throughout the state including Harford, Montgomery, Baltimore, Howard, Anne Arundel, Carroll, and Baltimore City and County.
Our team of experienced lawyers have successfully defended similar cases for over two decades. Maryland has very strict laws on solicitation, even for first time offenders. The maximum penalty several years in jail and a variety of unpleasant results in the community.
A conviction will result in a criminal record that will follow you and is often the reason that people cannot find employment. Protect your rights and talk to a lawyer who can help you win your case. Contact Robinson & Associates for an immediate and free consultation 443-524-7395.