When most people think of solicitation they think of lonely people approaching prostitutes. While that is one example of the crime of solicitation, it is by no means the only one. There are many ways that a person can be found guilty of criminal solicitation, criminal attempt or conspiracy and charged either alone or with others.
As soon as you are arrested, you should contact a Tallahassee criminal defense attorney for guidance through the criminal procedures. You will either be held until you are formally charged and given a hearing date or be released until such time as the prosecution has enough to bring you back in for charging. The three crimes vary only by the wording and the intent; otherwise the classification and possible punishment will be about the same and will depend on the crime that is involved in the solicitation, conspiracy or attempt.
The Tallahassee defense attorney will begin by looking at the crime itself, what established the connection of conspiracy or solicitation, if that is the case, and how the attempt was made. A criminal defense can be made if the attempt was actually stopped before completion of any crime in the case of criminal attempt or if the defendant stopped or tried to stop the offense from being completed after soliciting or conspiring for the crime. It will certainly not absolve you from the crime in question, but it may be enough to lessen the punishment that you are facing.
The Florida defense law attorney that is working on your case will explain to you that potential punishments typically fall one or two rankings behind what the actual crime itself was, with some exceptions. For instance, if the crime that was attempted, solicited or conspired on was a capital felony, the charge of criminal attempt, solicitation or conspiracy will be a first degree felony.
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