§ 902. Criminal Solicitation

(a) Definition of solicitation.— A person is guilty of solicitation to commit a crime if with the intent of promoting or facilitating its commission he commands, encourages or requests another person to engage in specific conduct which would constitute such crime or an attempt to commit such crime or which would establish his complicity in its commission or attempted commission.
(b) Renunciation.–It is a defense that the actor, after soliciting another person to commit a crime, persuaded him not to do so or otherwise prevented the commission of the crime, under circumstances manifesting a complete and voluntary renunciation of his criminal intent.

Credits
1972, Dec. 6, P.L. 1482, No. 334, § 1, effective June 6, 1973.

As to grading of inchoate offenses, see § 905(a):

(a) Grading.— Except as otherwise provided in this title, attempt, solicitation and conspiracy are crimes of the same grade and degree as the most serious offense which is attempted or solicited or is an object of the conspiracy.

 

From the Guidelines Manual:

§ 303.3. Offense Gravity Score – general

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(c) Inchoate offenses. Inchoate offenses are scored as follows:

(1) Convictions for attempt, solicitation, or conspiracy to commit a Felony 1 offense receive an Offense Gravity Score of one point less than the offense attempted, solicited, or which was the object of the conspiracy.

(2) Convictions for attempt, solicitation, or conspiracy to commit any offense which is not a Felony 1 offense, receive the Offense Gravity Score of the offense attempted, solicited, or which was the object of the conspiracy.

(3) Convictions for attempt, solicitation, or conspiracy to commit any offense under The Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act (35 P.S. §780-101 — §780-144) receive the Offense Gravity Score of the offense attempted, solicited, or which was the object of the conspiracy.

(4) Exception for inchoate murder convictions. Convictions for attempt, solicitation, or conspiracy to commit murder receive the Offense Gravity Score of 14 if there is serious bodily injury and 13 if there is no serious bodily injury.

Maximum Penalty for inchoate murder:

– with serious bodily injury: 20-40 years

– without serious bodily injury: 10-20 years.