Phoenix Prostitution Defense Attorneys
Arrested for a prostitution-related offense? Contact MayesTelles!
Arizona is tough on prostitution. A first offense can -- and likely will -- land you in jail. Your best chance at an optimal outcome is retaining an experienced sex crime attorney. Avoiding conviction becomes especially important for those who have a previous prostitution offense because the penalties get tougher for a second or subsequent conviction.
At MayesTelles PLLC, we aggressively represent prostitution defendants, including alleged customers of prostitutes, alleged sexual traffickers, those alleged to have prostituted a child, and any alleged member of a prostitution ring.
If you have been arrested or charged with any type of prostitution crime in Arizona, call our Phoenix prostitution defense lawyers directly at (602) 428-7104 or e-mail us to discuss your case or legal issue.
Prostitution offenses can include any of the following acts:
- Engaging in or agreeing or offering to engage in sexual conduct for a fee
- Enticing of persons for purposes of prostitution
- Procuring or pimping
- Transporting for the purpose of prostitution
- Soliciting another for prostitution
Potential Punishment for Prostitution
A prostitution or solicitation charge carries with it mandatory jail terms:
- First prostitution offense: 15 days in jail
- Second prostitution offense: 30 days in jail
- Third prostitution offense: 60 days in jail
- Fourth prostitution offense: 180 days in jail
- Enticement is a class 6 felony and is punishable by up to 2 years in prison, for a first offense. Procuring, transporting and pandering are class 5 felonies punishable by up to 2.5 years in prison, for a first offense.
There are three categories of child prostitution:
- Engaging in prostitution with a minor who is under fifteen years of age
- Engaging in prostitution with a minor who the person knows is fifteen, sixteen, or seventeen years of age
- Engaging in prostitution with a minor who is fifteen, sixteen, or seventeen years of age
Penalties for Child Prostitution
The above distinctions are important because the penalties for category 1 and 2 above are substantially harsher than category 3 above. Engaging in prostitution with someone who is actually fifteen, sixteen, or seventeen years of age when you believed them to be of age is a class 6 felony punishable by up to 2 years in prison, for a first offense. The punishment for category 1 and 2 above is between 7 and 21 years in prison for a first offense.
Defenses to Prostitution charges
In some instances, prostitution charges are brought after contact is made with an undercover detective. When this happens, you may be able to use "entrapment" as an affirmative defense. This defense requires proof of:
- The person was urged and induced to solicit an act of prostitution or solicitation by the police;
- The idea of solicitation or prostitution started with the police and not the defendant; and
- The defendant was not predisposed to commit the act prior to police urging
If your particular case does not meet the entrapment requirements, there may be other ways to fight your charges. The attorneys at MayesTelles PLLC will thoroughly evaluate your case and determine if there were constitutional or procedural errors that require a dismissal or reduction of charges.
For more information, call (602) 428-7104 to speak with an experienced attorney at MayesTelles PLLC.