What is Criminal Solicitation in Florida?

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The crime of Criminal Solicitation punishment varies depending on the crime being solicitated. The punishment can range anywhere between a second-degree Misdemeanor that is punishable by 60 days in jail with a $500 fine all the way up to a first-degree Felony which is punishable up to 30 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

The offense of Criminal Solicitation occurs when:

  1. A person solicited another person to commit (enter appropriate offense solicited).
  2. During the solicitation, the person commanded, encouraged, hired, or requested another person to engage in specific conduct which would constitute the commission of (enter appropriate offense solicited) or an attempt to commit (enter appropriate offense solicited).

Defenses to Criminal Solicitation in Destin, Shalimar, Crestview, Ft. Walton Beach and other areas of Florida:

  • Person persuaded or prevent the other person from committing the crime after they had agreed to commit it. 
  • Person did not solicit another person. 
  • Person did not intend for another person to commit the crime.


State v. Gaines: On intent. 

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