Washington, DC Solicitation Lawyer
While many people believe that solicitation of prostitution is a victimless crime, solicitation of prostitution in DC is against the law and carries serious legal consequences. Beyond the legal consequences, a charge of solicitation in DC has serious implications for the personal and professional lives of those charged, such as public shame, marital discord, and even job termination.
If you have been charged with solicitation of prostitution in DC, a skilled DC prostitution attorney will review your case carefully and defend your rights vigorously. In addition to mitigating any legal ramifications, our lawyers understand the embarrassment associated with being criminally charged, especially for a sex crime. Given the damage that such a charge can have on your reputation, our DC solicitation lawyers consider it equally important to protect your privacy in the process of defending your good name.
Those arrested for solicitation and those who suspect they may be under investigation for solicitation should immediately contact an attorney to begin crafting a successful strategy for defense.
Solicitation in DC
Under DC law, solicitation for prostitution is the act of inviting, enticing, offering, persuading someone, or agreeing to engage in prostitution. Police often use prostitution sting operations to try to net a significant number of arrests. During these stings, female officers act as decoys, attempting to catch men soliciting prostitution. Law enforcement agents may also place false advertisements for escorts or massage therapists online or in classified ads. Responding to such solicitation could land an otherwise innocent person behind bars and facing charges of solicitation.
While solicitation is generally a misdemeanor offense, the legal and personal ramifications are substantial. A first offense carries penalties of confinement in jail for up to 90 days and/or a fine of up to $500. A second offense carries penalties of up to 180 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000. A third and every subsequent offense carry penalties of up to two years in prison and a fine of up to $4,000.
Given the seriousness of these consequences, those arrested for solicitation and those who suspect they may be under investigation for solicitation should immediately contact a skilled attorney to begin crafting a successful defense strategy.
How a DC Solicitation Lawyer Can Help
There are several options when it comes to fighting your charge of solicitation. One common defense in police sting arrests is entrapment. Entrapment may have occurred if the solicitation was the result of an officer’s inducement, rather than an intention to commit a crime. An arrest resulting from entrapment is illegal. Our attorneys can evaluate the exact methods used by law enforcement in a sting operation to ensure you were not entrapped.
Our lawyers stand ready to use the full spectrum of their skills and resources to discreetly, yet vigorously, defend your good name. Please call (202) 529-9374 for a free consultation with one of our attorneys.
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