Prostitution, Solicitation, Pandering
Prostitution Defense Lawyer in Virginia Beach
Prostitution and its related offenses are often referred to as a “victimless” crimes; in other words, all of the parties involved in the criminal acts are willing participants. This may be true, but under Virginia law, prostitution, solicitation for prostitution, and pandering are all criminal charges that carry possible jail sentences, in addition to other consequences, such as problems with employment and social embarrassment.
Prostitution and Solicitation of Prostitution
Prostitution is defined very simply as the exchange of sexual favors for money, or its equivalent. Anyone found to be engaged in the act of prostitution, or soliciting for purposes of prostitution, in Virginia is guilty of a Class 1 Misdemeanor. Punishment may result in mandatory attendance to prostitution classes, fines, and jail time, even for first time offenders.
Most cases involving prostitution charges do not involve a woman standing on a street corner flagging down cars. Virginia Beach undercover vice officers have become very adept at setting up sting operations by responding to advertisements on craigslist or backpage. Under Virginia law, the undercover officer may engage in most any activity in pursuit of investigating prostitution charges. Vice officers have engaged in lies, deceit during the investigations, and have even gone so far as to undress and have begin physical contact. While this may appear to many to be entrapment, it is nevertheless legal and authorized investigative procedure.
The felony charge of pandering involves the encouragement or abduction of any individual for the purposes of prostitution. A conviction of pandering can result in a prison sentence of up to 10 years.
- Aiding in prostition
- Maintaining a bawdy house
- Using a vehicle to aid in prostitution
Contact a Virginia Beach Attorney to Defend Prostitution Charges
In Virginia Beach, the criminal defense lawyers at Garrett Law Group, PLC have represented men and women charged with prostitution charges. Many of these charges can be defended successfully if the facts do indeed suggest entrapment, which must be affirmatively asserted and proved. Other charges have been reduced or dismissed after deferred findings.
Contact our criminal defense attorneys today for a free consultation. (757) 422-4646. Our phones are answered 24/7/365 for your convenience.