Under A.R.S. 13-3214, prostitution is illegal in Arizona. While there are no state-wide laws that are specific about soliciting a prostitute (or offering a fee for sex), A.R.S. 13-3211 defines prostitution as anyone engaging in, agreeing, or offering sexual services for a fee arrangement.
Thus, anyone that solicits a prostitute is engaged in prostitution and can be criminally charged.
Punishment for Solicitation in AZ
Under A.R.S. 13-3214, if an individual was engaged in prostitution and is a first time offender, he or she will be charged with a class 1 misdemeanor and can receive fifteen days in jail. If this is the second time, an individual can receive thirty days in jail.
If an individual has been convicted of being engaged in prostitution three or more times, they will be sentenced to a class five felony that is punishable with 180 days in prison.
Arizona City Laws and Solicitation
While there are no particular state-wide laws that are about soliciting a prostitute, it is deemed illegal in many AZ city laws.
For example, in Phoenix’s municipal code under Article 4, 23-52, solicitation of a prostitute is considered illegal and is labeled as a misdemeanor.
If it is an individual’s first time being accused of solicitation, they will receive fifteen days in prison. Subsequent offenses are punishable with up to six months in prison.
If it is a person’s fourth or subsequent solicitation conviction, they can receive a felony and be will be required to register as a sex offender.
Charged with solicitation in Arizona?
If you have been charged with soliciting a prostitute in Arizona, it is important to hire legal representation to limit the consequences that can result. JacksonWhite’s criminal defense team offer a free case evaluation and can help you come up with a strategy to deal with this charge. Call (480) 467-4370 to set up an appointment with a JacksonWhite sex crime defense lawyer today.