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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 lawyer for soliciting prostitution charges, I have helped many unsuspecting visitors to the area address this situation successfully.

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,
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