Solicitation of sex for money is a serious crime. If you get caught, a crime like this can have a serious financial impact on your life, cause problems at home or work, and can result in jail time.
This criminal defense firm has helped create this two part guide to help you better understand the laws surrounding solicitation and how a prostitution defense attorney can help you overcome these charges.
This second part will focus on ways your attorney can help you after you are initially charged. For what to do immediately after being caught, read the first post in this series.
There are many ways to fight a commercial sex solicitation charge. An attorney must first analyze the evidence against you, starting with the first interaction with police. This commonly starts with a phone call or text message to or from police (depending on who they are trying to bust). After the initial contact, there may be issues of misunderstanding, issues with the initial encounter, or many other issues with the evidence. No two cases are exactly the same, so it is important to be as specific as possible with your attorney.
But Wait, Aren’t Stings Illegal?
From a legal standpoint, there is a significant difference between entrapment and a sting. At its most basic, in order for a sting to be considered entrapment, you need to be able to show that you were pressured into an action in which you normally would not partake. Using this a defense is incredibly rare and unlikely.
In the case where you solicit an undercover agent, you are not considered the victim of entrapment. That is true whether or not the sting occurred in person or online. In fact, in a recent nationwide sting, two-fifths of the 1,000 arrests were the result of online ads. The reason this isn’t considered entrapment is that there was no coercion. Instead, they were caught engaging in prostitution of their own free will.
This concludes our two part examination of solicitation and other prostitution related charges. If you are facing a solicitation or prostitution charge, it is important that you seek help from an experienced prostitution defense attorney immediately.