Solicitation for Prostitution

A person who is arrested for soliciting a prostitute may face severe penalties. Soliciting a prostitute is when a person offers to have sex with another in return for money. There does not need to be any sexual activity for an individual to be charged with solicitation for prostitution.

In Ohio, solicitation for prostitution charges can result in heavy legal consequences. A person convicted of solicitation for prostitution may face misdemeanor charges which include intimidating fines and possible jail time. If a person compels another to prostitution or promotes prostitution, he or she will have their penalties enhanced.

Any person, who has been accused or charged with solicitation for prostitution, should seek legal representation as soon as possible.

Cincinnati Attorneys for Solicitation for Prostitution in Ohio

Have you been charged with solicitation or other related prostitution offenses in the Hamilton County area? It is important that you stay informed and start formulating your defense now. Contact an attorney at Joslyn Law Firm today to start the first step to battling your charges.

The attorneys at Joslyn Law Firm are experienced in handling all kinds of sex offenses in Ohio. We are specialized in criminal defense and are passionate about our client's rights. Our attorneys are compassionate with clients and aggressive in the courtroom. With our resources and knowledge, our attorneys are ready to do anything in our power to preserve your freedom. Find a qualified attorney today with Joslyn Law Firm. Firm founder, Brian Joslyn, was ranked as one of the 10 best criminal defense lawyers in Ohio by the National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys.

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Overview for Solicitation for Prostitution in Ohio


Prostitution Charges in Ohio

Under Ohio Revised Code § 2907.241, soliciting a prostitute is defined as anyone who purposefully solicits another individual in a public place to engage in sexual activity for hire. The following are actions that can relate to soliciting a prostitute:

  • Beckons, stops, or attempts to stop another person;
  • Attempts or encourages another person to go inside their vehicle;
  • Stops or attempts to stop the vehicle operator or a stationary vehicle;
  • Engages or attempts to engage another person in conversation; or
  • Blocks or obstructs another person's path.

If a person induces another to engage in sexual activity, Ohio considers that compelling prostitution under Ohio Revised Code § 2907.21. Anyone who does any of the following is committing the illegal offense of compelling prostitution:

  • Compels another person to engage in sexual activity for hire;
  • Induces, procures, encourages, solicits, requests, or otherwise facilitates a minor or an individual that the offender believes is a minor to participate in sexual activity for hire;
  • Pays a minor, or someone the offender believe is a minor, for having participated in sexual activity, whether or not the offender knew the minor’s age;
  • Pays or agrees to pay a minor, or someone the offender believes is a minor, so the minor will participate in sexual activity, whether or not the offender is aware of the minor’s actual age; or
  • Allows a minor, or someone the offender believes to be a minor to participate in sexual activity for hire if the offender is a parent or guardian of the minor.

Lastly, if a person promotes prostitution they are also committing an illegal offense. The following are actions that can lead to a promoting prostitution charge under Ohio law:

  • Establishes, maintains, operates, manages, supervises or has an interest in a brothel;
  • Supervises or control the activities of a prostitute in engaging in sexual activity for hire;
  • Induces or procures another person to engage in sexual activity for hire; and
  • Transports another person or causes another person to be transported across state or country boundaries in order to facilitate the other person's participation in sexual activity for hire.

Penalties for Prostitution Charges in Cincinnati, Ohio

Prostitution charges are treated very seriously under Ohio law. The crime of soliciting prostitution is typically considered a misdemeanor of the third degree. A third degree misdemeanor has heavy penalties which include:

  • A possible fine up to $500; and
  • Potential jail time up to 60 days.

If sexual activity takes place from the solicitation, an individual may be charged with compelling prostitution. Compelling prostitution is normally a felony of the third degree. Third degree felonies are punishable by the following:

  • A possible fine up to $10,000; and
  • Potential prison time up to 5 years.

If the alleged offender compels an individual between the ages of 16 and 18 to participate in sexual activity for hire, he or she may face a felony of the second degree. The sentencing of a second degree felony includes:

  • Possible fine up to $15,000; and
  • Potential prison term of up to 8 years.

If an alleged offender compels an individual who is less than 16 years of age the penalty is enhanced. A person who compels an individual younger than 16 years old to participate in sexual activity for hire will face a felony of the first degree. First degree felony penalties include:

  • Possible fine up to $20,000; and
  • Potential prison term of up to 10 years.

Additional Resources

Solicitation § 2907.241 – Visit the official website for Ohio's laws and legislation. View the specifics and elements that outline soliciting for prostitution. See the adjoining penalties and definitions that go alongside with the statute. Lastly, view other types of prostitution charges in Ohio.

Criminal Law Casebook – Visit the official website for the Public Defender for the State of Ohio, and view their criminal law casebook surrounding prostitution charges. See the different cases and their verdicts that have altered prostitution charges in Ohio.


Lawyer for Solicitation for Prostitution in Cincinnati, Ohio

Have you or someone you know been arrested or charged with soliciting for prostitution in the southern Ohio region? Get some leverage with your defense. Start planning how to attack your charges now with an attorney at Joslyn Law Firm.

Joslyn Law Firm has over 20 years of experience at handling all types of sex offenses in Ohio's legal system. We understand that the legal process can be daunting. Our attorneys are dedicated to our client's success, and will guide you every step of the way through Ohio's courts. Joslyn Law Firm is passionate about criminal defense and are notable among the legal community. Find an attorney who is ready to put your first. Call us today at (513) 399-6289, and speak to an attorney surrounding your case today.

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This article was last updated on August 20, 2018