Solicitation of Prostitution in Richmond
Prostitution Stings in the Commonwealth of Virginia
Solicitation of prostitution is the offering of money or anything of value
to a person in exchange for engaging in sexual acts. In the Commonwealth
of Virginia, law enforcement has been "cracking down" on solicitation
across the state. These operations are referred to as "stings."
During a "sting," an undercover officer will attempt to solicit
an individual either online, in a print classified ad, or in an area known
for prostitution. If a price and a meeting are agreed upon, the individual
involved will be charged. A sexual act does not have to actually occur.
I face solicitation charges — what should I do?
Being charged with the solicitation of prostitution can be extremely detrimental
to someone's life and certainly to his or her reputation. Of course,
there are the legal ramifications — but the personal consequences
can also be devastating. Not only will you, your family, and your friends
be affected, but also your job or your ability to find a job may suffer.
Our Richmond criminal attorneys can help you fight the following punishments
for a first offense:
- First offense, this is a Class 1 Misdemeanor punishable by up to 12 months
in jail and a fine to not exceed $2,500, either or both.
- Soliciting prostitution from a minor 16 years of age or older becomes a
Class 6 Felony. This is punishable by 1 to 5 years imprisonment a fine
up to $2,500, either or both.
- If the minor is under 16 years of age this is a Class 5 Felony. A Class
5 Felony is punishable by 1 to 10 years imprisonment and a fine up to
$2,500, either or both.
As always, a prior criminal record could significantly increase the jail
time. These crimes and penalties are listed under the Code of Virginia
Sections 18.2-346, 18.2-10, and 18.2-11. For all of these reasons, contacting
a Richmond criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible is imperative.
Carlson & Collier: Tough Richmond Criminal Defense Lawyers for Your Case
Our team is tough, committed, knowledgeable, and totally dedicated to our
clients. We are
available 24/7 and provide substantial and nuanced representation for tough cases. Putting
our clients first is a longstanding commitment of ours at Carlson &
Collier. With a former prosecutor on the team, as well as a former lead
counsel to the governor of Virginia, you can have confidence knowing we
have what it takes to fight for you.
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concerning your solicitation case.