Solicitation and Patronizing in Tacoma
An accusation for soliciting or patronizing a prostitute can be one of the most embarrassing and stressful crimes to face. A solicitation charge is a misdemeanor which means the maximum penalty is 90 days in jail and $1,000 fine. Beyond that, there typically will be probation, stay out of area orders, a HIV test, a court ordered class, and administrative fees pushing the court costs above $1,000.
“Solicitation” is defined as when an individual engages or agrees to or offers sexual conduct with another in exchange for a fee. “Sexual conduct” is considered any type of sexual contact, not simply intercourse. Basically, if there is any touching of sexual or intimate parts done with the intent to gratify sexual desire or either of the parties or a third party, it is considered sexual conduct.