Prostitution is the act of doing sexual acts for money. A person is guilty of solicitation when they ask someone to perform sexual acts in exchange for money. Regardless of which end of the transaction you are on, you can be charged with a crime. If there is a pimp involved, they can be charged with pandering because they are soliciting customers for prostitution. In other words, they are using prostitution as a business and they are taking a cut of the money. They will market their prostitutes and set up sexual encounters so that the prostitute gets paid and they get paid.
If you have been accused of solicitation, prostitution, or pandering, then you are going to need a solid Duluth criminal defense attorney to provide you with an aggressive defense. To learn how Poole Law Office PLLC can help you, contact our office immediately.
When a law enforcement officer decides to arrest someone for loitering for the purpose of engaging in prostitution or solicitation, they may look for certain factors. Those factors include:
- Possession of lubricants
- Possession of condoms
- Possession of pagers or cell phones
- Possession of large amounts of money
- Possession of a client list
- Suspicious activity occurring in a location known for prostitution
- Possession of sex toys
Nonetheless, it is not illegal to possess these items, and having them could result in a false prostitution or solicitation accusation. Call a Duluth criminal lawyer now to evaluate your case.
The Entrapment Defense
Entrapment is a common defense in cases involving prostitution. There are times when female law enforcement officers will go undercover as prostitutes. When someone tries to solicit them for sexual services, they will arrest them. Those accused of solicitation tend to feel as if they have been tricked into violating the law.
The success of an entrapment defense depends upon the communication that occurred between you and the undercover officer. Was money exchanged? What words were said? These are all areas that your Duluth attorney will review in order to build your defense.
(The content on this page is for informational purposes only, shall not be used as legal advice, and is absolutely no substitute for contacting an attorney for help)