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Why Choose Our Indianapolis Sex Solicitation Lawyer Team For Your Case?

Solicitation allegations can upend your life, damaging your reputation and jeopardizing your freedom. If you are facing solicitation charges, The Criminal Defense Team can help. We have former prosecutors on our team of sex crimes attorneys in Indianapolis who know how the other side operates and can mount a solid defense on your behalf.  

Contact us today to learn more about how we can help.

How Is Solicitation Defined In Indiana?

Indiana Code § 35-45-4-3 defines the offense of “making an unlawful proposition” as knowingly or intentionally paying, offering, or agreeing to pay money or other property to another person in exchange for sex or other sexual conduct. This crime is considered a Class A misdemeanor unless the defendant has two or more prior convictions for the offense. 

Another offense applies when one party is 18 or older and the other party is under 14 years old. This offense is defined under Indiana Code § 35-42-4-6 as child solicitation, which involves knowingly or intentionally soliciting a child to engage in sexual intercourse, other sexual conduct, or fondling or touching intended to arouse or satisfy their sexual desires or that of the child. 

Solicit is further defined as commanding, authorizing, urging, inciting, requesting, or advising an individual to commit sexual conduct through any of the following means:

  • In person
  • By phone or wireless device
  • In writing
  • By using a computer network
  • By advertisement
  • By any other means 

Child solicitation is generally classified as a Level 5 felony, but it can be elevated to a Level 4 felony if the defendant committed the offense by using a computer network to meet the child or has a previous conviction for the offense. 

Penalties For Solicitation In Indiana

Depending on how the crime is charged, you can face the following penalties if you are charged with solicitation or child solicitation:

  • Up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $5,000 for a Class A misdemeanor 
  • Between 6 months and 2.5 years imprisonment and a fine up to $10,000 for a Level 6 felony 
  • Between 1 and 6 years imprisonment and a fine up to $10,000 for a Level 5 felony
  • Between 2 and 12 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000 for a Level 4 felony

If you are facing these charges, it is important that you seek the immediate assistance of an experienced sex crimes attorney to mount a solid defense. 

Legal Defenses To Solicitation Charges

There may be viable defenses that you can raise to solicitation or child solicitation charges. An experienced sex solicitation attorney in Indianapolis can evaluate your case to determine if these or other defenses may be viable in your case:

  • Consensual sex, rather than a transactional encounter
  • Entrapment if an undercover cop pressured you into committing the offense
  • Reasonable belief that the child was at least 16 years old
  • Romeo and Juliet defense if there is a small age gap between you and the child

Contact Our Sex Solicitation Attorney in Indianapolis Today For A Confidential Consultation 

The Criminal Defense Team wants to do everything possible to protect your legal rights. Our criminal defense lawyers in Indianapolis can mount an aggressive defense in your case and use our considerable experience and knowledge to fight for the best possible outcome in your case.

Contact us to discuss your legal rights and options.