The act of soliciting one’s body for sexual intercourse or sexually related acts for profit is illegal in 49 of America’s 50 states. In fact, prostitution is only legal in 11 Nevada counties, and in every other state or county would be considered explicitly illegal.
Many people feel that prostitution is a victimless crime and that it is only dangerous because of its unregulated status, and the fact that most prostitutes have to look outside of the law for help when exposed to violence or other criminal deeds.
Others may feel as though the prostitutes of human trafficking and slavery rings are victims of the violence and force that keeps them in such a vulnerable and repulsive system, and that there are far too few resources for them to get out of the business safely.
If you have been accused of prostitution, you will need a competent and dedicated law firm to represent you in court and give you the best legal standing possible.
How You May Be Accused of Prostitution
Many people believe that it is constitutional law for a police member to announce their alliance with the agency when asked if they are a cop.
Undercover police officers do not have to tell you that they are a part of the police force until the day they testify against you in court, which may mean that they have significant firsthand evidence against you if they have been intentionally baiting you for a prostitution charge.
If you are caught trying to break state prostitution laws against an officer, you will want a team of professional lawyers who can defend your actions in court and provide evidence that may help your case in the eyes of the judge. If you hire a determined attorney to help you plead your case, you may be able to prove entrapment.
Entrapment is the unlawful act of a police officer forcing sexual behavior for the intention of obtaining an arrest. An officer who may physically inflict pain upon you, will not allow you to leave a certain venue, or pressure you to commit a crime will serve serious consequences in court if you can prove your case with a capable attorney.
Understanding the Grey Areas
Many people assume that prostitution becomes legal if one party is paying another for a recorded sexual act, defined as porn. This is a very tricky grey area in the law, and if you are accused of simple prostitution when recording an act, you may be in serious trouble depending on your circumstances.
In most cases, any third party who pays two “actors” to be involved in a sexual act can do so and classify it as pornography, but laws get more nuanced and complicated if the third-party payer is also involved in the sexual act, and without a competent law advisor helping you through the complicated legislature around prostitution, you may be serving a lot of time in state prison.
Other grey areas include exotic dancing and online pornography chat rooms. Many states and local municipalities are responsible for determining how to license and regulate exotic dancing models, and there may be strict guidelines to follow to ensure that there is no illegal sexual misconduct, including full vs. partial nudity.
Most online chat rooms featuring a solo or multiple performers are legal, as long as all the performers can prove that they are above the legal age of 18 for pornography submissions. Navigating the law around prostitution is tricky, though, and you want to leave it in the hands of a professional if you want a fighting chance in a courtroom.
Before engaging in such sexual acts, you may want to seek advice from professional legal counsel. If you have been accused of an act of prostitution, you will want to move fast to develop a strong case for your defense, so invest in a professional team of lawyers to reduce your stress and direct your energy somewhere else that may help your situation.
The Dangers of Prostitution
Many people are not aware of how dangerous the prostitution industry is until it is too late. Some of the most dangerous professions in the world include Alaskan fisherman, loggers, and oil rig workers. None of these professions compare with the death rates of prostitution, though, as every 204 out of 100,000 sex workers die in the U.S. because of violence or lethal attacks.
Where Prostitutes Must Turn for Protection
The main problem with prostitution in the U.S. is that it is illegal, and therefore when a sex worker has been violently abused or mistreated, they cannot look to local authorities to help them find retribution. Prostitutes will have to resort to finding gang members or seedy local strongmen for protection, which is unregulated and potentially dangerous. These men are usually called pimps, and they will usually protect multiple prostitutes. It is far less likely for a pimp to be arrested for prostitution charges, but many can be taken to court if there is evidence that they are profiting from the prostitution.
The Last Prostitution Connection: The John
Some people can be convicted of criminal activity upon the payment of certain sexual services. These customer often referred to as “Johns” are more common than prostitutes, but are much less often convicted of solicitation of prostitution.
Each year, between 70,000 and 80,000 U.S. American citizens are arrested for prostitution, and taxpayers pay approximately $200 million a year for prostitution court cases and prisoners. Nine out of every ten convicted for prostitution charges are women who provide services, and one out of ten are male prostitutes, pimps, or Johns. Do not get caught up in a prostitution conviction you cannot fight alone. Hire the right lawyers to represent your case in the court of law and procure the best legal standing possible.
Reasons for Hiring a Lawyer for Your Prostitution Case
Criminal defense attorneys will investigate your case and try to negotiate deals on your behalf and reduce harsh penalties. This may include reduced bail or charges and lead to a shorter time spent in state prison.
A defense counsel can also investigate search and seizure procedures related to your case, and reduce charges based on any infringement made upon your rights in the process of your arrest. Here are a few more reasons to trust a professional lawyer to represent your prostitution case in the court of law:
- Reducing Charges – An experienced criminal defense lawyer will help reduce your charge for prostitution or solicitation of a prostitute charge and provide a gateway for the benefits of a lesser offense.
- Alternative Resources – Hiring an experienced attorney to represent your case may increase your likelihood for alternative forms of punishment that may include rehabilitation services based on your case. Professional criminal defense lawyers will also have higher quality resources than you that can help limit the punitive action taken towards your case.
- Proving Entrapment – If you have a case that has significant evidence of entrapment, you will want to hire a capable attorney to help you prove your case. Proving entrapment is difficult, and a lawyer experienced with prostitution cases will know the circumstances needed to prove entrapment.
There are many reasons to trust a professional lawyer when accused of prostitution charges, so give yourself the best legal options available and don’t ruin your chances to state a strong case to the judge. Attorneys that are experienced with cases that are similar to yours will make sure to give you the best legal strategies to plead your case.
Fight Your Case with a Professional Attorney
If you are thrown into allegations of prostitution or the solicitation thereof, you will want to act fast. You need to hire a professional attorney that is capable of representing sensitive cases such as yours and will work with you to find the best legal strategy possible.
You want to find a hard-working law firm that will work tirelessly to provide for you evidence that may reduce your sentence or dismiss your charges completely in some circumstances. This is why you want to find a dedicated team like Meltzer & Bell, P.A..
Do not get caught in a legal mess that you will be unable to clean up, instead leave it to the professionals. Sorting through lengthy law books and files may not help you create a strong case if you do not know what to look for.
Instead, call us at (754) 755-8554 to schedule a consultation. You will be able to introduce us to your case, and we can start working with you to develop long-term legal strategies to reduce harsh sentences and give you the best legal standing possible.
If you have been convicted of prostitution or for the solicitation thereof, you do not want to waste your time taking your case lightly. Invest in your future and give yourself the best chances to lead a normal, free life. Time may be running out for you to start your legal battle, so do not let the prosecution team get ahead of you. Hire a professional attorney that is capable and eager to work on your case and give you the best legal outcome available.