Even though there are certain counties where prostitution is legal in our state, it is considered illegal in Clark County. Should an individual wind up being convicted, it can lead to severe penalties. If you or someone you know has recently been arrested for prostitution or solicitation of prostitution, you should immediately seek the legal representation of a Las Vegas sex crime attorney. At Okabe & Haushalter, our legal team is well-versed in cases of crimes involving prostitution and relentlessly persistent in seeking justice on behalf of our clients.
Whether you were arrested for performing sexual acts for payment or for paying for sex, we are prepared to provide you with the level of representation you need.
Depending on your charges, you could be facing:
Solicitation involves the customer of a prostitute, who is known as a “John” or a person offering payment for sexual acts. A person can be charged with solicitation even if no sexual act occurs but simply because they were looking for a person willing to exchange sexual acts for money. Many law enforcement sting operations play a role in arresting people in these types of cases as they will create whole operations to seek out people who offer money for sex.
Given what is at stake, it is important that you choose the right attorney to represent you as it can mean the simple difference between winning and losing your case. Our firm is an excellent choice because of our track record in these types of cases. We can effectively defend you against the charges you are facing and will aggressively fight to help preserve your future freedom.
For a confidential analysis of your case, contact our Las Vegas prostitution lawyers!
Many people say that prostitution is known to be the “oldest profession in the world.” It has been around through the generations, yet it is still harshly prosecuted as a criminal act. California Penal Code § 647(a-b) talks about the illegal act of engaging, offering, or agreeing to engage in a sexual act. This is otherwise known as the solicitation of prostitution, which is also a crime.
There is always a form of money or payment involved in return for a sexual favor. In fact, § 647(b) clearly explains that when you establish an agreement to perform a sexual act for money, then you have already violated the law. On the other hand, the agreement does not have to be verbal. If a man pull ups and signals for a lady on the street to come over and then drives to a hotel, put money on the nightstand, and not say two words, they are still committing a crime.
If you are found to be guilty in the act of prostitution, you may face:
Solicitation is a criminal act where the punishment for each subsequent offense becomes increasingly more severe. In addition, if the act was committed in a car and was within 1,000 of a home residence, then you may also face a 30 day license suspension or have your license restricted for up to 6 months. In cases where the prostitution charges are somehow dropped, the prosecution will try to proceed and pursue charges of lewd conduct or indecent exposure if the act was performed in a public place. Furthermore, even though convicted offenders of prostitution are not required to be listed on the public sex offender list, the judge could order that to be a part of your sentence, this will lead to additional penalties and criminal punishments.
When it comes to proving guilt and collecting evidence it can get tricky.
When there is no recorded evidence of the crime of video or audio of the sexual act available, police officials will investigate further to see if:
In order to prove that there is insufficient evidence against you, you will need a cunning defense attorney to fight on your behalf. They may not be able to prove that there was indeed a definitive agreement to participate in sexual activity and they may not have proof that there was ever any talk of monetary compensation for the act. What if the entire interaction was more of a joke or a spoof and the two individuals had no real intent to engage sexually? These are all the things that your criminal attorney will investigate and look into.
When your criminal record, reputation, family life, and future are on the line, don’t leave anything to chance. Obtain qualified criminal defense so you can fight to clear your name and disassemble the prosecution’s case in court. More frequently, the LAPD has been putting their officers into undercover positions, acting as “johns” or male suitors looking for prostitutes. They have also been known to put their female officers undercover, posing as prostitutes to lure in men who are looking to pay for sex. Don’t get caught in their trap! If you are facing charges of prostitution, contact the legal team at Okabe & Haushalter today.