Although state prostitution laws vary, prostitution typically refers to the sale of sexual services. Sexual acts beyond traditional intercourse often fall under prostitution laws as well. Prostitution, however, excludes sexual activity between spouses. While payment does not have to be in dollars, monetary compensation is the most common. Prostitution is a misdemeanor in the United States except in ten counties in the State of Nevada.
There are two basic criminal acts associated with prostitution:
Te crime of prostitution occurs when a person agrees to pay for sex and does some action to further the agreement made. There are some factors that are considered when determining whether the crime of prostitution was committed.
Prostitution laws generally cover these three issues:
Prostitution, the promotion of prostitution, and the solicitation of prostitution are serious offenses. Prostitution is usually a misdemeanor in most states. The first offense for a prostitution charge can result in up to six months in county jail with a fine of up to $1,000.
The common penalties for a prostitution are:
If you are charged with soliciting prostitution, there are a number of legal defenses to dismiss the charge or reduce the charge to a lesser offense. The legal defenses include:
If you are accused of prostitution or solicitation, you should speak to a criminal defense lawyer immediately to learn more about your rights, your defenses and the complicated legal system. Your attorney will be able to represent you in a court of law and can advise you on whether any defenses may be available to you, and may also be able to contend for a reduction in charges or sentencing.
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