In Tennessee, it is a criminal offense to solicit another person for the purpose of prostitution or for the purpose of performing a lewd or indecent act. It is important to understand that the actual exchange of money for sexual intercourse is not necessary to be convicted of solicitation, nor is it required that a sexual act is performed. Just the offer of the money in exchange for sexual acts alone is enough to charge someone with solicitation.
This sex crime is often considered a misdemeanor, although the penalties are quite harsh. Not only will you face jail time and fines, but you will have a permanent mark on your criminal record, which can have a serious impact on your personal and professional life.
The following are the penalties for soliciting prostitution in Tennessee:
- Class C Felony: Up to, but no more than, 3-15 years in prison. Fines up to, but no more than, $10,000.
- Class E Felony: Up to, but no more than, 1-6 years in prison. Fines up to, but no more than, $3,000.
- Class A Misdemeanor: Up to, but no more than, 11 months and 29 days in jail. Fines up to, but nor more than, $2,500.
- Class B Misdemeanor: Up to, but no more than, 6 months in jail. Fines up to, but no more than, $500.
Penalties will vary depending on factors that include: where the prostitution / solicitation occurred and whether or not the prostitute knowingly had HIV.
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