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: Call our firm for a free phone consultation!

Richmond Criminal Defense Lawyer

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Carlson & Collier
Richmond Criminal Defense Lawyer
10132 W Broad St,
Glen Allen, VA 23060
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