Richmond Prostitution Defense Lawyers
24/7 Legal Service for the Criminally Accused in Richmond, VA
Commonly known as "the world's oldest profession," prostitution
is the engaging of sexual favors — not necessarily intercourse —
for compensation. Money, drugs, or anything of value may be offered as
payment. A prostitute is the person offering the sexual act for a fee.
There are several forms of this crime, and in order to be convicted on
a prostitution charge the defendant must be proven to have committed one
of the following:
- Engaged in sex in exchange for compensation
- Agreed to engage in sex in exchange for compensation
- Solicited sex in exchange for compensation
Nevada is the only state in the United States in which prostitution is
legal. In the Commonwealth of Virginia, a guilty verdict constitutes a
Class 1 misdemeanor, providing you do not already have a criminal record.
A Class 1 misdemeanor is punishable by up to 12 months in jail and a $2,500.00
fine, either or both.
Prostitution becomes a felony when a minor is involved or when a person
is brought into prostitution against their will through abduction or by
threats of violence. The Code of Virginia §§ 18.2-346, 18.2-48,
18.2-48, and 18.2-49 detail these laws. Whatever the charges against you
might be, the sooner you discuss your case with our knowledgeable
Richmond sex crimes attorneys at Carlson & Collier, the more positive your chances of a building
a strong defense.
Criminal Defenses Against Prostitution Charges
There are several defenses that may be used for an acquittal. Entrapment
is often one example. This defense is used when an undercover officer,
usually wearing a recording device, pretends to be a prostitute in order
to lure a person into offering money for sex. There are strict rules the
agent must follow. Often an experienced
Richmond criminal attorney will find a misstep in procedure.
A lack of evidence can also be a defense. For instance, someone lost stopping
on a street corner for directions, not knowing it was a street known for
prostitution, would most likely be acquitted, as stopping for directions
is not a crime. This would fall under "wrong place, wrong time."
Begin building your defense with assistance from our dedicated team:
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