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What Is Prostitution?
Prostitution is often referred to as the oldest profession in the book. There are many terms that can be used to describe prostitution, such as streetwalkers, call girls or escorts. The term that is used does not matter. It is illegal in every state except for Nevada.
Prostitution is defined as the act of exchanging sex or sexual favors for money.
Why It Is Important for You to Hire an Attorney?
It can be scary to get charged with prostitution. You may be thinking about all of the negative effects that the charges can have on your life. Prostitution is a serious crime and is punished harshly.
Many places have set up sting operations in under to catch people. That is why many people end up getting charged with a crime that they did not commit. You will need to hire an attorney as soon as you find out that you have been charged with a crime.
There are several benefits that you can reap by hiring an attorney. Your lawyer will be able to aggressively defend you against the charges that you are facing. They will also be able to explain the charges. Additionally, they can negotiate with the law enforcement officials and prosecutors.
What Are the Penalties for Prostitution?
The severity of the crime will determine the type of punishment that you can face. Prostitution is typically a Class B Misdemeanor in the state of New York. If you are charged with a Class B Misdemeanor, then you can spend up to three months in prison. You can also be ordered to pay a $500 fine.
However, if you are caught prostituting near a school, then you can be charged with a Class A Misdemeanor. The punishment for a Class A Misdemeanor is one-year in jail and a $1,000 fine.
Jail and fines are not the only punishments that you can face if you are charged with a prostitution charge. The charges that you have can ruin your career. For example, if you are a nurse, then you can get your license revoked. Furthermore, this crime can end up on your record, which can make it hard for you to get a job.
Keep in mind that if subsequent charges can carry heftier penalties. Additionally, people who are charged with federal prostitution trafficking can spend five to 10 years in prison.
Solicitation of Prostitution
People who pay for the services of a prostitute are often referred to as Johns. These people can be charged with solicitation of prostitution. When someone solicits prostitution, they make an agreement to pay a person for sex or sexual favors. One’s actions alone may be enough to show that there was an agreement.
Solicitation begins as soon as someone agrees to pay for sex and takes action to pursue it. It is possible to be charged with a crime even if no sexual action occurred. For example, if someone agrees to the sexual act and takes money out of the ATM to pay for it, then they may still face charges.
Contact a Criminal Defense Attorney Today
There is a social stigma that comes along with being charged with prostitution. You may also be worried about the possibility of going to jail or having to pay a high fine. The federal government has stated that someone is innocent until they have been convicted of the crime. There are several defenses that can be used.
Entrapment is one of the defenses that can be used. An example of this is when a police officer induces or urges someone to commit a sexual act. A lawyer can argue that a person would have not committed the crime if the officer had not urged them to.
A lack of evidence is another defense that can be used. Sufficient evidence is needed to prove that one has committed any crime. If there is not enough evidence, then you will likely get off without any punishment.
Your criminal defense attorney will tell you what types of defenses are best to use. They will be able to help you put your strongest case forward. They will also be able to tell you whether it is a good idea for you to take a plea bargain.