Fairfax Prostitution Lawyer
While it may be “The World’s Oldest Profession,” it is unlawful to engage in prostitution in Virginia. As a Fairfax prostitution attorney, I have found that most prostitution arrests in Fairfax are the product of sting operations by law enforcement vice units where undercover officers pose as “johns” in an attempt to catch prostitutes. If you have been charged with prostitution in Fairfax County, you will want to contact an aggressive and knowledgeable Fairfax prostitution lawyer who will be able to provide you with effective and affordable criminal defense legal services.
Fairfax Prostitution Attorney Explains Virginia’s Prostitution Laws
Pursuant to Virginia Code § 18.2-346, most criminal offenses which involve prostitution are categorized as misdemeanors which carry a penalty of up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $2,500. However, there are numerous additional charges which are often tacked onto a single prostitution charge. You can learn more about these potential additional charges on our page entitled Virginia Prostitution, Pimping, and Pandering Laws (Link). If you are charged with any of these additional offenses, you may face a stiffer penalty than just one year in jail. In order to definitively determine the potential penalties associated with these crimes, it is never a bad idea to consult with a Fairfax prostitution attorney.
A person can be charged with prostitution or agreeing to engage in prostitution when they are willing to engage in sexual acts in exchange for money or its equivalent. Generally, the prosecutor must prove that (1) the defendant agreed to engage in prostitution; (2) intended to engage in prostitution; or (3) took a substantial step towards engaging in prostitution. If the prosecutor fails to prove each of these elements beyond a reasonable doubt, the accused cannot be found guilty. That is why it is so crucial to hire an aggressive and knowledgeable Fairfax prostitution attorney who is capable of creating that reasonable doubt.
If you have been arrested for solicitation of prostitution, pimping and pandering, or any other manner of sex crimes – including rape – the Law Offices of Randall Sousa can provide you with aggressive, affordable, and highly skilled defense.
How a Fairfax Prostitution Lawyer Can Help
Although there are a number of defenses to prostitution charges, the most common defenses a Fairfax prostitution lawyer will assert are the defenses of entrapment and lack of intent.
When it comes to entrapment, your Fairfax prostitution lawyer will focus on whether the arresting officer(s) violated your constitutional rights. Many times, officers hastily execute arrests too soon before an actual or substantial step has been taken in furtherance of engaging in prostitution. Additionally, if officers engaged in a search of your home or your belongings without a warrant, your Fairfax prostitution attorney can move to have the charges dismissed on Fourth Amendment grounds. If the police violated your Fourth Amendment rights in obtaining evidence, all of that evidence will be declared inadmissible. Without any potentially incriminating evidence, the Commonwealth has no case.
Other times, your Fairfax prostitution lawyer might view lack of intent as the best possible defense. Lack of intent is a particularly strong defense when a police officer solicits a prostitute by asking her/him “How much for 30 minutes?” Many times, people will jokingly respond with a number such as “$5,000.” But simply because a person says a number, this alone does not mean they intended to engage or agreed to engage in prostitution. A person’s response could simply be an attempt at humor. Likewise, merely agreeing to spend 30 minutes with another person does not necessarily mean that the accused intended or agreed to have sexual intercourse with the soliciting party.
There are a few of the many other defenses a Fairfax prostitution lawyer could assert on your behalf. However, before asserting these defenses, a Fairfax prostitution attorney will likely conduct their own investigation into the circumstances around which you were arrested, your criminal history, the police report, and whether the arresting officer has any prior history of violating constitutional rights in making an arrest. Upon completing their investigation, your Fairfax prostitution lawyer will be able to determine if there are any holes in the prosecution’s case, as well as whether there is a possibility that the charges can be reduced or even dismissed.
Contact a Fairfax Prostitution Attorney Today
Virginia has a long record of aggressive prosecution in cases involving sex workers. Although being charged with prostitution may cause some embarrassment, it is the job of any good Fairfax prostitution lawyer to never cast judgment on their client. Instead, a good Fairfax prostitution attorney understands the embarrassment and indefinite reputational consequences a prostitution conviction can have of a person’s life. That is why it is so important to retain the services of a Fairfax prostitution lawyer who is capable of mounting a strong defense while helping you avoid jail time and a criminal conviction for prostitution.
Even if your Fairfax prostitution lawyer is unable to get the charges completely dismissed, depending on the circumstances, there is certainly a possibility that the charges can be lessened to a less embarrassing charge which is unaccompanied by the social stigma of prostitution. Many times, a vicious drug addiction or other unfortunate life circumstances cause a person to head down the wrong path. But a good Fairfax prostitution attorney will be able to explain that help and second chance is what you need – not the lifelong condemnation and embarrassment which would accompany a prostitution conviction.
At the Law Offices of Randall Sousa, our sole focus is to obtain the best possible results for our clients. If you or someone you know has been arrested or charged with prostitution in Fairfax County, contact a Fairfax prostitution lawyer today for a free consultation. You may be able to avoid a conviction or avoid other negative consequences and having the right attorney on your side is the first step. 571-354-6164
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