Soliciting Prostitution Charges
Las Vegas Sex Crime Attorney
Although Nevada has allowed prostitution under certain restrictions in
the state, it does not mean that you have the right to solicit prostitution
– to ask another person to perform a sexual act for any form of
compensation. When a person offers sexual services to an alleged "John,"
either or both parties can be arrested. Law enforcement in Nevada takes
a hard line on prostitution, and it is not legal in Las Vegas or any part
of the county. There are state licensed houses of prostitution in some
other counties in the state.
When a person is accused of actively seeking out sexual services to purchase,
it can lead to serious (and embarrassing) legal trouble. Law enforcement
in Las Vegas has a variety of "sting" operations ongoing to
address this problem, and you could be caught in one of these operations
without suspecting that you are speaking with a police officer. As a
Las Vegas criminal defense lawyer, I have helped many unsuspecting visitors to the area address this situation
Charged with prostitution or solicitation?
Many of those who are accused of soliciting prostitution are visitors to
Las Vegas who are unaware of the actual legal restrictions on prostitution.
Once the charges have been filed, there is no option other than to appear
at your court date – a failure to appear will result in an arrest
warrant being issued with your name on it. The only way you can manage
the case without being present in court is to have an attorney representing
you. I have successfully defended numerous clients that have been caught
in the criminal justice system while visiting Las Vegas.
Under NRS § 201.354 (2009), it is illegal for any person to engage
in solicitation of prostitution, unless it takes place at a licensed house
of prostitution. The charges are filed as a
misdemeanor, unless the person being solicited is underage, in which case it is a
much more serious legal problem. When the individual involved is underage,
a Category E felony charge will be filed. The regulations surrounding
prostitution are extremely strict throughout the state, and Las Vegas
(as part of Clark County) does allow legal houses of prostitution.
If you have been caught in the justice system and are accused of this crime,
contact my firm at once for assistance, no matter what state you live in.