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Facing solicitation and prostitution charges

On Behalf of | Nov 6, 2016 | Firm News, Sex Offenses |

Prostitution is also known as the oldest profession. Streetwalkers, brothels, call girls and other escort services have been famous throughout history and are still a reality in the United States. Typically, it is illegal to engage in any sexual act and receive compensation in return. This is a complicated law because it requires catching the offenders during the act and having conclusive evidence that compensation was being exchanged.

Prostitution is illegal in the entire country, except certain parts of Nevada, where it is strictly regulated. States that have banned prostitution have their own statutes to deal with it. Prostitution is criminalized by most states, and any person involved in the facilitation of prostitution can face severe punishment.  Arranging for prostitutes, operating a house of prostitution or calling for a prostitute are crimes and can lead to felony charges. If a prostitution business grows to more than one state, it becomes a federal matter as well. The Mann Act was passed to prohibit the transport of a person across state lines for the purpose of prostitution. Most states consider the agreement to perform sexual acts for compensation as enough to press prostitution charges.

Anyone who gets caught paying for sexual acts may face solicitation for prostitution charges. The charges do not require an explicit agreement, and actions are enough to demonstrate whether the agreement has been made or not. In case a minor is involved, the charges are magnified, and the defendant may face felony criminal charges.

If you have been charged with solicitation or prostitution, it is advisable to hire an experienced defense attorney. The onus is always on the prosecution to prove that an agreement was made. Your attorney will go through the evidence against you and try to build your case accordingly.