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Solicitation Defense Lawyer in Columbus

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It is illegal to engage in any type of solicitation or prostitution in Ohio. If charged with this sex crime, you could face fines, jail time, community service, HIV/AIDS testing, and other penalties. It is crucial that you retain legal counsel from a Columbus solicitation for prostitution lawyer who can protect your reputation during this time!

Ohio laws prohibit the following acts of solicitation:

  • Paying another to engage in any sexual act in exchange for services money
  • Seeking an individual to engage in sexual acts for money
  • Actually engaging in sexual acts with an individual after or with the promise of exchange

This means that you could be charged with a sex crime for simply discussing the possibility with a prostitute. You don't have to actually engage in the act to be accused of a crime. If you face solicitation charges, you should speak with an attorney right away for information about protecting your rights. Our legal team at The Meranda Law Firm LTD can discuss your case and your legal options.

Call (614) 707-4239 to get started with a free initial consultation!

The Growing Danger of Online Solicitation

With the widespread use of computers, online sexual solicitation charges are increasing at a rapid rate. It is a serious felony to solicit sex on the internet, especially when the offense involves minors. Solicitation of a minor for sexual purposes is also known as "importuning" and can often occur in an online chatroom or over social media. Because of the nature of online interaction, this charge is not always a clear-cut matter.

In many cases, an individual may not realize that they are talking with a minor or have been lied to regarding the minor's age. This can create a very tricky situation, making matters even more complex for the defendant. Simply requesting a meeting or attempting to meet with a minor may lead to charges. The key in these cases is the intent of the defendant and their disposition to commit a sex crime.

Most online perpetrators are caught soliciting in sting operations where law enforcement personnel pose as minors to lure in suspects. Even if the defendant believed the individual was an adult, they could still face charges, as it is illegal to solicit sex on the internet. If the accused individual is convicted, penalties can include incarceration, fines, sex offender registration, license suspension, and other repercussions.

The Legality of Sting Operations

Many sting operations take place in the common locations for prostitution activities. The idea is to catch the offenders after the money exchange occurs. In this case, both the prostitute and the client are violating the law. Prosecution usually pursues these cases aggressively. In an eagerness to arrest suspects, law enforcement can make mistakes. A common defense in sting operations is entrapment.

To be considered entrapment, two factors must be involved:

  • An officer persuades or induces an individual to commit the crime; and
  • That individual would not have committed it without the officer's persuasion.

In light of these laws, simply providing the opportunity for or baiting an individual to commit solicitation is not entrapment and may still validate their charges. Overall, prostitution, pandering, and solicitation are serious sex crimes that can affect an individual for the rest of their lives. At our firm, our Columbus solicitation for prostitution attorneys are discreet, effective, and prepared to take immediate action on your behalf.

Call The Meranda Law Firm LTD today. We understand how prosecutors build their solicitation cases and know how to defend against such serious charges! 

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At The Meranda Law Firm LTD, your satisfaction is our priority! See for yourself what our clients have to say about working with us.

    “As stress free as it can be”
    A criminal case can be very stressful. The Meranda Law Firm can help you with this process. Zack is there to make sure that you get the best personal one on one help you can get. So you don't get pushed around in the system. Takes all the worry out of your case. Very down to earth guy. Easy to talk too. Without Zack I don't know where I would be right now. Thanks Zack; can't tell you how much I appreciate the help you gave me. If you are looking for a lawyer that can take the stress out of your case Zack is your guy
    - Jeff w
    “Great Representation”
    There are three reasons I recommend Zachuary Meranda if you are arrested for DUI. First off, he is a straight shooter. Never did he sugar coat my situation. Second, he handled everything while keeping me informed and walked me through everything as it progressed. Third, he got me the result- NO DUI!!! Thanks Zak!
    - Shane Dolen
    “Excellent job!”
    We are very appreciative of the efforts put forth by Zach Meranda. The outcome was positive and he made us feel secure in an out of control situation. Felt glad to have him defending us and having his common sense approach to our case. We would recommend his services to anyone in need.
    - Anonymous
    “I Highly Recommend The Meranda Law Firm”
    I couldn't have asked for a better attorney. I've had other attorneys and Zach is the only one that actually knew my case and put a lot of time and effort into making sure the outcome was good, which it definitely was. I really think he is one of the best attorneys & I highly recommend him to anyone that needs legal help.
    - Payton R
    “Great work!!”
    Zach Meranda was a real attorney with a no bull shit strategy!!! But he won my criminal case even when the odds were against me and I thank him and his associates!!
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    “Great Job”
    Zach did a great job representing me. He worked hard to take care of me in my case. If I ever need a lawyer again, I'll definitely give him a call first.
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    “Great Attorney”
    Zach is a great attorney. He has represented me twice and both times I got positive results. If you need an attorney call The Meranda Law Firm, he's the best.
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    “An Attorney That Will Give You His All!”
    Zach is incredibly professional and will work as hard as he can for you, no matter how big or small your case is. He shows genuine concern and interest in his client and the situation. He is straight forward and honest. Zach was the third attorney on my case and the only one that actually took the time to become familiar with my case. He was not intimidated as my previous attorneys were and his competency resulted in my case ending in a very satisfying outcome.
    - Rylan Burrie

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  • What should I do if my child was arrested?
    No parent wants their child to have to go through an ordeal like being arrested. When these situations do occur, it can be difficult to determine what the best course of action would be. The juvenile justice system is different from the adult justice system and so it is important that you have a legal representative who understands the juvenile system and can help you get through this time. Whether your child has been accused of DUI, a drug crime, a misdemeanor, or a felony, you will be able to have peace of mind knowing that we are there helping you every step of the way.
  • Can I afford a criminal defense attorney?
    Another question you will have to consider when deciding which defense lawyer to handle your case is whether or not you can afford it. At The Meranda Law Firm LTD, we want to be able to provide reasonable rates to our clients so that you can get the help you need. In order to give you an idea of how much it will be, we will meet with you in a free consultation and discuss what kind of fees you could expect.
  • How do I appeal my conviction?
    What should you do if you have already been convicted of a crime and have received your sentence? If you believe that justice was not served, your first step should be to contact our firm to see if we could help you appeal your case. Not every attorney takes on appeal cases they can be more complex and time-consuming than other cases. At The Meranda Law Firm LTD, however, we are committed to fighting for the rights of our clients, no matter how difficult the case. If you want us to look over your case, please contact our team as soon as possible.

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