Prostitution Defense Attorney in Hampton Roads
Experienced Defense for Prostitution Charges
Several crimes are related to the activity of prostitution and are commonly processed in the courts in Virginia. By law, the purchase, sale, or financial profiting from the act of prostitution is illegal. If you have been charged with any prostitution-related crime, it is in your best interests to seek the guidance and representation of a qualified criminal defense attorney.
At the Law Office of Shawn M. Cline, P.C., our defense lawyer can help you navigate the local criminal justice system and explore and implement all possible defense strategies. Our team has valuable experience in handling these types of criminal cases through intensive and effective legal work.
Prostitution and Related Crimes in Virginia
Prostitution consists of selling sex for money or for other goods and services. The crime of prostitution can be committed by both the seller (solicitation) and the buyer (patronizing a prostitute.) Other crimes connected with this offense include:
- Pimping or pandering which consists of taking in money from what a prostitute earns
- Acting as a manager for prostitutes
- Promoting their services to others as a business proposition for the purpose of financial gain.
- Coercing or placing someone into the role of prostitute
Engaging in prostitution and patronizing a prostitute are both Class 1 misdemeanors which carry penalties of up a year in jail and / or a fine of up to $2,500. Receiving money from the earnings of a male or female prostitute is a Class 4 felony in Virginia as is the crime of receiving money for procuring a person to work as a prostitute or in a house of prostitution.
Virginia law also prohibits the detaining or taking of a person for the unlawful purpose of prostitution. These felonies carry penalties of two to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $100,000. Other prostitution-related crimes include using a vehicle to promote prostitution and aiding prostitution.
Understanding Prostitution Laws in Virginia
Some key points to understand about prostitution laws in Virginia include:
- The act of engaging in sexual acts in exchange for money or other forms of compensation is illegal in Virginia.
- Related crimes, such as solicitation, pandering, and human trafficking, also carry severe penalties.
- A conviction for prostitution can result in fines, jail time, and a permanent criminal record.
It's important to speak with an experienced attorney who can assess your case and develop a strategic defense tailored to your specific situation. Contact our firm today to schedule a consultation and start building your defense.
Talk to an Experienced Attorney
Many defenses exist for a prostitution-related charge which is why you need the services of an attorney who has the know how and skills to fully represent you with prosecutors and judges.
Contact our firm to arrange for a free case consultation concerning your criminal charges as soon as possible. The sooner you call, the sooner we can get to work on your behalf.