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Youngstown Solicitation for Prostitution Defense Lawyers

In Ohio, facing charges for solicitation of prostitution can bring about serious legal repercussions. Individuals found guilty can be subjected to misdemeanor charges, which might include significant fines and potential imprisonment. Additionally, those found encouraging or forcing another into prostitution face even harsher penalties.

Why Choose Youngstown Criminal Law Group?

Youngstown Criminal Law Group has a notable track record, having represented clients in several criminal cases throughout Youngstown and its neighboring counties. Opting for a defense attorney from our well-regarded firm to manage your solicitation for prostitution charges ensures peace of mind, backed by our substantial experience in this specific area of law.

Upon accusations or charges related to solicitation for prostitution, obtaining legal representation promptly is crucial. Having a Youngstown criminal lawyer from our team means you’re supported by our comprehensive resources and expertise to safeguard your reputation and freedom.

Our attorneys specialize in various sex offense cases across Ohio, approaching each case with empathy towards our clients while maintaining a determined stance in court.

Representing individuals accused of solicitation for prostitution and other sex-related offenses, Youngstown Criminal Law Group serves a vast area, including Mahoning County For assistance with your case, contact Youngstown OVI Lawyers at (330) 992-3036.

Understanding Solicitation for Prostitution Charges in Ohio

According to Ohio Revised Code § 2907.24, an individual commits the offense of soliciting a prostitute if they purposefully invite someone in a public space to engage in sexual activities for payment.

Possible Associated Offenses

Depending on the specifics of your situation, you might also face charges related to:

Loitering to Solicit Prostitution under Ohio Revised Code § 2907.241

  • Signals or attempts to get the attention of someone else.
  • Attempts to persuade another to enter their vehicle.
  • Tries to stop a driver or a parked car.
  • Initiates or tries to initiate a conversation.
  • Blocks or tries to block someone’s way.

 Compelling Prostitution under Ohio Revised Code § 2907.21

  • Forces or induces someone to participate in sex for payment.
  • Encourages or facilitates a minor, or someone believed to be a minor, into sexual activities for hire.
  • Pays or promises to pay a minor, or someone believed to be a minor, for their involvement in sexual activities. This applies regardless of the offender’s knowledge of the minor’s age.
  • Allows a minor under their care to engage in sex for money.

Defenses for Solicitation for Prostitution in Mahoning County

Facing charges in Mahoning County doesn’t mean it’s all over. Our experienced team of criminal defense attorneys is ready to deploy a variety of strategies to defend you, tailored to the unique details of your case.

Lack of Substantial Evidence

Under the law, anyone charged with solicitation for prostitution in Mahoning County is presumed innocent until proven guilty. This puts the onus on the prosecution to establish your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

The approach to this defense includes:

  • Highlighting Weaknesses in the Prosecution’s Case: The key is proving that you indeed solicited sexual services for payment. Without clear evidence of trying to make such a transaction, a conviction is not possible.


Entrapment arises as a defense strategy in situations where undercover police officers pose as sex workers to coax defendants into solicitation.

How Entrapment Works:

  • Complex Undercover Operations: These operations often involve several officers, with one posing as a sex worker and another motivating the defendant to offer money for sexual services.
  • Challenging Police Tactics: Our Youngstown OVI lawyers will leverage their understanding of law enforcement methods to argue that the officers’ actions prompted you to act out of character, a key element in any entrapment defense.


Misunderstanding becomes a viable defense when the conversation alleged to involve solicitation can be interpreted differently.

Implementing This Defense:

  • Analyzing the Exchange: The prosecution must prove that a conversation about exchanging sexual services for money took place.
  • Advocating Misinterpretation: Our defense may argue that there was a mutual attraction, leading to a proposal for sexual engagement without realizing the other person’s status as a sex worker. This tactic relies on demonstrating to the court that there was no intent to solicit prostitution knowingly.

Navigating the legal complexities and consequences of being charged with soliciting prostitution in Ohio can be overwhelming. Here’s a streamlined guide to what you need to know, including potential penalties, the distinction between solicitation and prostitution, and defense strategies.

Key Questions Answered

Will Soliciting Prostitution Send Me to Jail in Youngstown?

  • Risk of Jail Time: Yes, engaging in solicitation can lead to jail time. Specifically, those convicted might face a 60-day incarceration and a fine reaching $500.
  • Higher Penalties Involved: Engaging in compelling prostitution raises the stakes significantly, with fines up to $10,000 and a possible five-year prison sentence. In cases involving individuals between 16 and 18 years of age, penalties increase, and involvement with someone under 16 can lead to $20,000 fines and up to 10 years in prison.

How Does Ohio Differentiate Between Solicitation and Prostitution?

  • Defining the Terms: Solicitation in Mahoning County focuses on the offer or agreement to engage in sexual acts for compensation. Prostitution refers to the act itself of performing sexual services for money.

What Kind of Charge Does Solicitation for Prostitution Carry in Youngstown?

  • Charges and Consequences: Typically treated as a third-degree misdemeanor, solicitation charges in Youngstown can result in up to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine. The repercussions can escalate to five years in prison and $10,000 in fines if it progresses to an act of prostitution, especially when minors are involved.

Can I Fight a Solicitation Charge in Ohio?

  • Defending Your Case: Yes, defenses exist. From challenging the evidence’s sufficiency to questioning the investigation’s integrity and arguing entrapment, various strategies can be employed to contest the charge.

What Other Impacts Can a Conviction Have?

  • Beyond Jail and Fines: A conviction tarnished reputations, strains personal relationships, could suspend your driving privileges, and might hinder employment opportunities.

What Role Does Entrapment Play in My Case?

  • Understanding Entrapment: This defense can be crucial if you were induced by law enforcement to commit an act of solicitation that clashes with your character.

Facing solicitation charges can be a daunting experience. But, with over two decades of expertise, the Youngstown Criminal Law Group is dedicated to navigating clients through Ohio’s legal system and achieving favorable outcomes.

Do not hesitate to reach out or call us on (330) 992-3036 for legal guidance if you or someone you know is grappling with solicitation charges in Youngstown. Our Youngstown criminal attorneys are committed to your defense, offering experience-backed representation every step of the way.

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