Patronizing or soliciting a prostitute can be an embarrassing and shameful charge. Since this type of charge, even without a conviction, can have an irrevocably damaging impact on your good name and your life, it’s essential to get in touch with a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible after your arrest. In many cases, we see patronizing prostitution arrests happen after simple misunderstandings or even law enforcement entrapment, so getting in touch with a lawyer needs to be your first priority as soon as you get the opportunity. Whether money was exchanged or not, remember that you have the right to remain silent and patiently await for your lawyer to arrive.What is Patronizing a Prostitute?
Patronizing a prostitute is essentially paying a prostitute or attempting to pay a prostitute to engage in sexual activity. The exchange doesn’t have to include traditional cash money, but something of value has to be exchanged or used as tender in order for it to be a case of patronizing a prostitute. Any time a person is paid for some type of sexual activity, it’s possible to get charged with patronizing prostitution. If the sexual act didn’t take place, but you agreed to pay for it, and there was a clear transaction or agreement, you could possibly face patronizing prostitution charges.Soliciting a Prostitute
Soliciting a prostitute is essentially the same as patronizing a prostitute. If you solicit or in any way request to engage in sexual activity in return for money or something else of value, that’s solicitation of a prostitute. Depending upon the circumstances of your individual case, you could be facing a variety of other changes too. Any case involving one person trying to pay for sex or some type of sexual activity with another person can be considered solicitation or patronizing a prostitute.Sex For Money or Something Else of Value
In most cases, patronizing prostitution or solicitation involves cash, but that’s not always the case. Anything of value that’s being traded for sex or sexual activity can be considered ‘tender’ in a patronizing prostitution case. It’s not uncommon to see illegal and legal prescription drugs used as tender in patronizing prostitution cases. Jewelry and just about any item of value can be used in a transaction involving solicitation of a prostitute. Just because there wasn’t any cash involved doesn’t mean that you might not still face patronizing prostitution charges.Shame and Embarrassment of Patronizing Charge
Unfortunately, in cases involving prostitution, there is a huge amount of shame and embarrassment that goes along with an arrest and potential conviction. Especially in cases where the accused are prominent members of the community, a patronizing prostitution charge can be devastating, embarrassing and incredibly shameful. After any type of charge involving prostitution, you need to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible to get the ball rolling on your defense. Not only do you want to avoid fines and possible jail time, but you also want to attempt to restore your good name after a shameful charge like patronizing prostitution.Know Your Rights
As with any arrest, it’s important for the accused to know and exercise their rights. You have the right to remain silent, and that’s not just in popular crime television shows. You have the protected right against self-incrimination. That means you don’t have to talk to interrogators or investigators until your lawyer is present. Many people fall into the trap of wanting to be helpful in order to prove their innocence. There is absolutely nothing wrong with politely declining to answer any questions until your attorney is present. In fact, that’s your best shot at a favorable outcome in your case.Penalties Associated With Patronizing Prostitution
In most cases, patronizing a prostitute and many other charges associated with prostitution are misdemeanors. That means you could be facing up to one year in jail and fines. Multiple-time offenders, or additional circumstances and charges could complicate cases though, so it’s always a good idea to speak with a lawyer about your unique case. Any violence involved could also make your potential penalties more severe. Additionally, if children or minors were involved, you can expect to be facing felony charges, very hefty fines and a potentially lengthy stay in a correctional facility.Jackson Criminal Defense Attorney
After any arrest involving prostitution, you need to get with your lawyer immediately. If you have been arrested and charged with patronizing prostitution, soliciting a prostitute or any other charge associated with prostitution in or around the Jackson Metro Area, contact the skilled and proven team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (877) 231-1600 for an immediate case consultation.