Fairfax County Prostitution Lawyer
Most states in the U.S. prohibit prostitution, with the exception of some counties within Nevada which permit some forms of prostitution. In Virginia, prostitution statutes prohibit the proposal of, agreement to, or participation in any sexual act in exchange for compensation. Those who could face criminal charges include:
- Prostitute (supplier of service)
- Pimp/Madame (liaison involved in the transaction)
- Customer/John (solicitor of service)
- Anyone involved in facilitating human trafficking
Although society in general is trending towards a less conservative view on many issues, prostitution continues to be a criminal act across the country. While some segments of society today see prostitution as a victimless crime, almost every state in America deems the practice and solicitation of prostitution as illegal. The few cities with legalized prostitution still enact regulations and restrictions on the practice and those individuals involved in it. In the Commonwealth of Virginia, no exceptions apply to the rules, and all prostitution and other related activities are illegal.
The Virginia Criminal Code addresses crimes involving morals and decency in Chapter 8, and the code categorizes prostitution with offenses that may seem immoral but not criminal to today’s society. This includes “fornication,” “lewd and lascivious cohabitation,” and “adultery.” However, the code includes prostitution with more serious offenses such as indecent exposure, child pornography, and certain other serious sexual offenses.
The severity of the sentences imposed for these crimes involving moral and decency varies with the severity of the actual offense. While prostitution and solicitation are most commonly charged as misdemeanors, other related crimes, including pandering, pimping, and human trafficking are felonies under Virginia law.
A Fairfax Country prostitution lawyer can provide you with legal representation against charges of prostitution related crimes, regardless of the severity. At Jezic & Moyse, LLC, our experienced attorneys will advocate on behalf of those charged with:
- Attempted solicitation of prostitution
- Pimping or pandering
- Aiding illicit sexual intercourse
- Solicitation of prostitution
- Receive money for procuring a person
- Keeping, residing in, or frequenting a “bawdy place”
Virginia Laws and Penalties for Prostitution
Under Virginia laws, a sexual act or crime against nature that one performs for monetary reward, financial gain, or other valuable compensation constitutes prostitution. The sentences attached to a misdemeanor conviction of prostitution include a maximum fine of $2,500 and/or up to a year in prison. Moreover, a convicted offender must submit to an STD test for HIV and Hepatitis C, as well as receiving counseling and participating in an STD awareness program.
Virginia Solicitation Laws
Virginia law considers solicitation to be an equal offense to the act of prostitution and criminalizes the attempt to solicit a prostitute. Thus, an offer of money in exchange for sexual acts is a criminal offense in this state, and that person can be found guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. In addition, a solicitation conviction can result in up to one year in jail and a $2,500 fine, even if no sexual act took place.
Legal Representation for Prostitution and Solicitation in Virginia
In contrast to other serious crimes, prostitution and solicitation do not result in many arrests. In a recent report, the Virginia State Police calculated only 23 arrests for prostitution in one year, including adults and juveniles. This may not be a large problem for Virginia, but for the person arrested on prostitution charges, the negative effect on one’s life can be devastating. A Virginia prostitution lawyer from Jezic & Moyse, LLC who is experienced in defending prostitution or solicitation cases will help protect your rights and obtain the most favorable outcome.
If you are currently facing charges of prostitution, solicitation of prostitution, or any other prostitution related crime charges, call Jezic & Moyse, LLC for a confidential consultation.
When law enforcement questions you about any involvement in a crime, charges you with a felony or misdemeanor offense, or arrests you on a criminal complaint, you have a Constitutional right to have an attorney. Prior to answering questions or providing any statements to law enforcement, contact Clifford Clapp at Jezic & Moyse, LLC., so that he can advise you immediately on how to protect your rights. Through diligence, experience, and integrity, he will seek every option to resolve your case in acquittal, dismissal, reduced charges, or the lightest sentence.