The world of prostitution has changed dramatically in recent years as those activities have become more and more available online. Explicit services are offered in several places on the Internet, and law enforcement authorities are well aware of these offerings. At the Meryhew Law Group we are seeing a growing of sting operations carried out by various police departments in the region as they turn to these online sources as a way to entice potential customers into their sting operation.
These stings usually originate on craigslist. We have also seen a new type of sting that involves the police running a massage spa then offering prostitution services to individuals who walk in.
There has also been increased pressure from elected officials to prosecute these types of cases to crackdown on sex trafficking. This has resulted in prosecutors and city attorneys filing more of these cases.
But changes in the laws and in the ways that prosecutors and police agencies approach prostitution charges have changed all of this. Add to that the reduction in data privacy in our lives, and the risks of serious life-long consequences from a prostitution arrest are now very real. This re-naming of the ordinance has caused various collateral consequences, including potential employers thinking it is a felony when it is still a simple misdemeanor, or the lowest level of possible punishment a person can face in the State of Washington.
Our lawyers have extensive experience working with clients charged with various prostitution related offenses, including being a prostitute, patronizing a prostitute, promoting prostitution, permitting prostitution, and promoting travel for prostitution. We work with both those accused of soliciting prostitution and those accused of offering adult prostitution services. The attorneys and staff at The Meryhew Law Group understand the need for discretion if you are charged with a prostitution-related offense, whether you are accused of soliciting sexual activity or promoting sexual activity.
We do not judge our clients, and we are committed to insuring that our clients feel respected and supported throughout the difficult process of responding to a criminal charge. We understand the stress this event places on your personal, professional and emotional lives, and we will work hard to help you get through those difficulties.
At The Meryhew Law Groupour defense attorney team places your privacy and your dignity at a premium. We have years of experience working to avoid the filing of charges, aggressively defending against false accusations, mitigating offenses and obtaining resolutions that leave your dignity and reputation intact.
Throughout the process you will be educated and counseled on what to do to minimize the impact of these types of charges on your life. If you've been arrested or cited, time is of the essence to minimize the impact these charges can have on your personal and professional life. Contact The Meryhew Law Group today for a free consultation. Unfortunately, Washington law requires that court notices be sent to your last known address.
This means that when charges are filed and you are summoned to court that notice will be sent to your address with the Department of Licensing and to the address you gave to the police at the time you had contact with them. No, not for prostitution offenses. There is no sex offender registration requirement for prostitution or patronizing a prostitute so long as the person that was hired or solicited was over the age of 18 and therefore an adult.
Neither prostitution, nor patronizing a prostitute is defined as a sex offense under Washington law. Yes, for some promoting prostitution offenses.
A conviction for promoting prostitution in the first degree, or a second conviction for promoting prostitution in the second degree after having been ly convicted of that offense, would require sex offender registration for a period of at least ten years. RCW 9. The penalties for offenses involving minor age prostitutes is much more severe than the penalties for adult offenses, and includes sex offender registration and the potential for a prison sentence.
See our section on Commercial Sexual Abuse of a Minor for more information. Patronizing a prostitute can be charged under state law or under local municipal ordinances, but the essential elements of the offenses are the same.
A person is guilty of patronizing a prostitute if:. A person is guilty of prostitution if such person engages or agrees or offers to engage in sexual conduct with another person in return for a fee.
RCW 9A. If you are involved in prostitution only because others have victimized you then this can be a defense to these charges, which your attorney can use in Court. In any prosecution for prostitution under RCW 9A. Documentation that the accused person is named as a current victim in an information or the investigative records upon which a conviction is obtained for trafficking, promoting prostitution in the first degree, or trafficking in persons shall create a presumption that the person's participation in prostitution was a result of having been a victim of trafficking, promoting prostitution in the first degree, or trafficking in persons.
Sexual exploitation is the only found in the City of Seattle under ordinance 12A. The City of Seattle re-named the patronizing a prostitute statute. While this new definition of an old crime does not increase the punishment, the name alone has caused many people issues with background checks. We also have experience in pursing entrapment defenses with the Euro Spa and Barbie Spa stings when the law enforcement is operating massage spas. Call our offices to speak with our attorneys today if you or a loved one has been charged with sexual exploitation.
A person is guilty of promoting prostitution in the first degree if he or she knowingly advances prostitution:. The Washington Legislature has adopted stiff new fines in an ongoing effort to crack down on prostitution related offenses, and in some very high fines were mandated for these offenses.
Those mandatory fine amounts are:. Certain cities have added their own mandatory fines. SMC 12A.
In other words, they can impound your car if it is a second offense or on a first offense in an area of high prostitution crime rates. Please do not include any confidential or sensitive information in a contact form, text message, or voic. The contact form sends information by non-encryptedwhich is not secure. Submitting a contact form, sending a text message, making a phone call, or leaving a voic does not create an attorney-client relationship.
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Adult Prostitution Offenses. Our Approach We do not judge our clients, and we are committed to insuring that our clients feel respected and supported throughout the difficult process of responding to a criminal charge. A person is guilty of patronizing a prostitute if: Pursuant to a prior understanding, he or she pays a fee to another person as compensation for such person or a third person having engaged in sexual conduct with him or her; or He or she pays or agrees to pay a fee to another person pursuant to an understanding that in return therefore such person will engage in sexual conduct with him or her; or He or she solicits or requests another person to engage in sexual conduct with him or her in return for a fee.
What is the Charge of Sexual Exploitation? A person is guilty of promoting prostitution in the first degree if he or she knowingly advances prostitution: By compelling a person by threat or force to engage in prostitution or profits from prostitution which from such threat or force; or By compelling a person with a mental incapacity or developmental disability that renders the person incapable of consent to engage in prostitution or profits from prostitution that from such compulsion.
Promoting prostitution in the first degree is a class B felony. Promoting prostitution in the second degree is a class C felony. A person is guilty of permitting prostitution if: having possession or control of premises which he or she knows are being used for prostitution purposes, he or she fails without lawful excuse to make reasonable effort to halt or abate such use.
Permitting prostitution is a misdemeanor. A person commits the offense of promoting travel for prostitution if the person knowingly: sells or offers to sell travel services, that include or facilitate travel for the purpose of engaging in what would be patronizing a prostitute or promoting prostitution, if occurring in the state.
Promoting travel for prostitution is a class C felony. Our Videos.
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