Soliciting/Solicitation ORC § 2907.24

Definition of soliciting:
  • Asking for a paid sexual activity.
Overview and Potential Penalties:

Solicitation is generally a misdemeanor of the third degree and is punishable by a jail sentence of up to 60 days and a fine of up to $500. If it is known that the person being solicited is 16 or seventeen years old or is reckless in that regard, it becomes a felony of the fifth degree, which is punishable by 6-12 months in prison and a fine of up to $2,500. If the person being solicited is less than 16 years old, a violation is a felony of the third degree, which is punishable by 9-60 months in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. Likewise, a person engages in solicitation after a positive HIV test, a solicitation is a felony of the third degree, punishable by 9-60 months in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. This Ohio law forbids not only buying, but also selling a paid sexual activity and does not require a seller to be a professional.

At Funkhouser Law, from the moment a client walks through the door, we presume that they are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. As such, we work hard to accomplish the most favorable outcome for each of our clients. If you have been accused of solicitation, please call Funkhouser Law for a free consultation with an experienced, peer-rated lawyer.