Grand Junction Solicitation and Prostitution Defense Lawyers
Prostitution is known as the world’s oldest profession. It is also prohibited under Colorado law at CRS 18-7-201. This crime is defined as performing or agreeing to perform a sexual act with someone other than one’s spouse in exchange for money or something of value. Prostitution is a class 3 misdemeanor.
Soliciting for prostitution is also a crime in Colorado, as stated at CRS 18-7-202, and it is also charged as a class 3 misdemeanor. This offense may involve:
- Soliciting another for the purpose of prostitution;
- Arranging or offering to arrange a meeting of others for the purpose of prostitution; or
- Knowingly directing another to a place for the purpose of prostitution.
Both prostitution and soliciting for prostitution are class 3 misdemeanors. Upon conviction, these crimes carry penalties that may include a jail sentence of up to six months and fines of $50 to $750. Criminal penalties are not the only consequences. Conviction of a sex crime can affect your career and employment opportunities, your housing opportunities, and even your personal relationships.
The prosecution has the burden of proving every element of the crime to convict a person of prostitution or soliciting for prostitution. If you have been charged with either of these crimes, it is best to plead not-guilty at your arraignment, so your attorney can build a defense against the charges. For prostitution to occur, both parties involved must have agreed to a transaction of sex for money or something of value. Common defenses against prostitution and solicitation include the following:
- No sex was offered, and no sex occurred.
- No exchange of anything of value for sex occurred: Without an exchange of money or something of value for sex, it is not prostitution.
- There was a mistake or a misunderstanding: Mistakes can happen. For example, a person who arrived at an establishment expecting nothing more than a massage may be accused of soliciting for prostitution.
- Defendant was entrapped: When police officers solicit a person to commit a crime they would not otherwise have been inclined to commit, it gives rise to an entrapment defense. Law enforcement sets up sting operations, with officers posing as prostitutes so they can arrest unsuspecting patrons.
- Police committed misconduct: Any unlawful or inappropriate conduct by law enforcement in an official capacity is police misconduct. Examples include excessive force, unlawful detention, false arrest, and racial profiling.
- False accusations were made.
Conviction of a sex crime can have grave consequences. You may be facing incarceration and fines. In addition, your reputation is at stake. Conviction can put a blot on your record that can negatively impact your prospects for the future. Your best chance of obtaining the most favorable outcome in your case is to have an experienced Grand Junction criminal defense lawyer representing you. A vigorous defense can help you get your case resolved and clear your name.
At Peters & Nolan, LLC, we fully assess each case on an individual basis and tailor the defense to the charges. We work quickly to build a compelling case and to obtain the best possible outcome for you. Our Grand Junction criminal defense attorneys are successful trial lawyers with extensive experience. Attorney Andrew J. Nolan is a former prosecutor, and that experience gives him a unique insight into criminal cases. If you are facing prostitution or soliciting for prostitution charges, call us at (970) 243-4357 to find out how we can help.
Peters & Nolan, LLC is your ideal source for high quality legal representation throughout the state of Colorado. Known for being personable and responsive, attorneys Andrew J. Peters and Andrew Nolan are aggressive trial lawyers with an excellent record of trying and settling cases in criminal defense, DUI/DWAI and personal injury.
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