Virginia Prostitution Attorney
Though some people see it as a victimless crime, virtually every state, including Virginia, has deemed the practice of exchanging sex for money as illegal. Law enforcement agents arrest those involved in this type of arrangement and prosecutors aggressively seek conviction for those accused of engaging in it. Both the prostitute (the one providing sexual favors in return for money) and his or her customer (often known as the “john”) can be charged with this offense. If you have been charged with prostitution, you face not only legal consequences, but staggering personal consequences. Being accused of a sex crime can destroy your family and personal relationships. Contact a Virginia prostitution lawyer with any questions, or hire one to advise you on how to move forward and represent you in court proceedings.
Prostitution Charges in Virginia
Engaging in sex acts for the exchange of money is typically considered the criminal act, but in Virginia, one can face criminal charges without sexual contact occurring. The attempt to persuade or entice another individual to engage is considered solicitation, and one can be charged with solicitation even if no sex occurs. Whether you have been charged as either the prostitute or the john, a qualified attorney can help by looking at all of the information related to your case and advising you on which defense strategies could be the best options to peruse.
Virginia Prostitution Defense
Frequently, these arrests stem from an undercover sting operation by law enforcement agencies. During a sting, an undercover officer acts as a decoy, attempting to solicit, either in a highly trafficked area or through an online or print classified service. If you were arrested as a result of a sting or a false advertisement, contact a prostitution lawyer to discuss your defense options. As an experienced criminal defense attorney, Mr. Soldan will work with his or her clients from the beginning of a case until the end. To find out more, contact us to schedule a free evaluation of your case by a qualified Virginia attorney.
Virginia Solicitation Lawyer
Prostitution, or the exchange of sex for money, is often seen as a victimless, nonviolent act. In fact, one state even allows legal prostitution. However, the remaining 49 states have criminalized prostitution. Most people know that engaging in prostitution in Virginia is a criminal offense, but many do not realize that even an attempt to engage in prostitution is a criminal act. Even if no sexual contact occurs, one can be charged in Virginia. Solicitation of prostitution is a Class I misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and a $2,500 fine. A conviction will not only impact your freedom and your finances through its legal penalties, but it can also have a devastating effect on your personal relationships. Our attorneys will advise you of your rights and offer options for how to move forward if you have been arrested for solicitation of prostitution in Virginia.
Virginia Solicitation Defense
Solicitation is the attempt to entice or persuade another person to engage in sexual activity in exchange for money. These offenses are considered crimes against morality, and for this reason, the personal ramifications are often more frightening than the legal consequences. Being accused of solicitation can bring personal shame and humiliation as well as marital strife and family difficulties. We can aggressively defend your case with determination and discretion to maximize your chances of dismissal and to minimize any personal or legal ramifications.
Arrests for this type of offense in Virginia frequently occur as the result of a sting operation by local law enforcement. To conduct a prostitution sting, a police officer acts as a decoy, attempting to entice others to engage in prostitution—in effect, appearing to be soliciting prostitution. The sting may be conducted in person on a heavily trafficked corner or in an area known for prostitution, or it may be operated through print or online classified advertisements. If you have been arrested, contact Thomas Soldan for a free evaluation of your case. Mr. Soldan has a record of defending clients charged with criminal offenses in Virginia, and will work discreetly but vigorously to protect your name and freedom.
We also provide legal representation outside of Virginia, so for more information on prostitution or solicitation in the District of Columbia visit the website of our DC office.
Thomas Soldan in His Own Words
Below are several links to question-and-answer pages excerpted from an interview with Thomas Soldan in which he discusses prostitution and other various sex crimes.