Prostitution & Sex Solicitation Defense Attorney
If you have been charged with a crime involving prostitution you should consult with an attorney immediately. For years, this firm has successfully represented clients with the utmost discretion regarding this extremely sensitive situation.
This particular area of law can have consequences that range from very little to extremely serious; but, the social consequences can be the most serious of all. We help our clients understand the exact situation they are in, what they are charged with, and help guide them to make the best decisions regarding their case.
What should I expect to happen?
Every court handles prostitution differently, it is extremely important to speak with an attorney who is familiar with the specific court you are charged in and the prosecutor handling your case. The penalty associated with prostitution generally includes a class, a fine, and a small amount of jail time.
For example: In Multnomah County you may be able to get into a deferred sentencing program, and have your charges dismissed upon completion of certain requirements. In contrast, prosecutors in Clackamas County will likely ask for probation, a fine, a class, jail, and the charge will almost always result in a conviction on your record.
What crimes could I potentially be looking at?
The most basic (and most common) charges are prostitution (ORS 167.007) or commercial sex solicitation (ORS 167.008). This is the scenario where you offer or agree to sexual conduct for a fee. These charges generally carry some of the most detrimental social stigma issues and can have very serious consequences in a persons family life or career.
Crimes involving promoting prostitution (ORS 167.012) and compelling prostitution (ORS 167.016) are substantially more serious. Promoting prostitution is exactly what it sounds like, the intentional promotion of prostitution (keep in mind this is a basic definition). This is a Class C felony and could very likely result in a prison sentence. Compelling prostitution is essentially forcing someone to engage in prostitution (again, this is a very basic definition), and carries a mandatory minimum of 70 months under measure 11.
Why was I involved in a sting operation?
Usually when police do this they are not targeting you specifically, but trying to catch as many people as possible in as little time as possible.
Not long ago many people who got charged with these types of crimes were often caught “red-handed” so to speak. Undercover officers would go out and try and catch people actively trying to engage in vice crimes. With the evolution of the internet, this is no longer the case. Now police will often set up profiles on sites that are known for prostitution and then make an arrest or issue a citation once the person has arrived at the agreed upon location (usually a hotel). Often the police will also pretend to be a patron and try and do the same when someone shows up at the location.
How do I fight these charges?The first thing you need to do is exercise your right to remain silent, do not make any statements, and do not consent to any search of any kind (especially your cell phone). Second, call an attorney that is experienced in handling these cases. Many times people think that they will be able to talk their way out of being charged, this is a mistake that almost always results in harm to your case.
We deal with many different kinds of criminal allegations. Contact us today for help with your prostitution related charges.