Seattle Prostitution Lawyer
Fighting Against Prostitution Charges in Washington
Prostitution is a crime that involves the exchange of sex for money or some other type of consideration. It is often associated with organized crime and illegal drugs, and it is a serious crime that carries serious consequences in Washington. At Guadagno Law, PLLC, our prostitution lawyer in Seattle has the experience you need to defend you against these charges.
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What is Prostitution?
Prostitution is considered the act of engaging in sexual activity in exchange for money or something of value. In the state of Washington, this activity is generally considered illegal, except for certain areas within the state where regulated, licensed brothels operate. Understanding the nuances of Washington's prostitution laws is crucial when facing charges, and our Seattle prostitution attorney is well-versed in these statutes.
What are the Penalties for Prostitution in Washington?
In Washington, the penalties for prostitution vary depending on several factors, including the specific circumstances of the case, prior criminal history, and the age of the individuals involved. The consequences for prostitution-related offenses may include:
- Misdemeanor Prostitution: A first-time offense of engaging in prostitution is typically classified as a misdemeanor. Penalties may include fines, probation, mandatory counseling, and a potential jail sentence of up to 90 days.
- Patronizing a Prostitute: Patronizing a prostitute, commonly known as solicitation, is also a misdemeanor in Washington. Penalties may include fines, mandatory counseling, probation, and possible jail time.
- Promoting Prostitution: Promoting prostitution involves facilitating or managing the activities of a sex worker. Depending on the circumstances, promoting prostitution can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony, carrying more severe penalties.
- Child Prostitution: Engaging a minor in prostitution is a serious crime and can result in felony charges. Penalties include substantial fines, mandatory registration as a sex offender, and lengthy prison sentences.
Defenses Against Prostitution Charges
Common defenses in prostitution cases may include:
- Lack of Evidence: Challenging the evidence against you, such as proving insufficient proof of intent or criminal activity.
- Entrapment: Arguing that you were coerced or manipulated into committing the offense by law enforcement.
- Age Verification: Demonstrating that you were not aware of the individual's age if facing charges related to child prostitution.
- Constitutional Violations: Examine whether your constitutional rights were violated during the arrest or investigation process.
- Mistaken Identity: Providing evidence that you were wrongly identified as the individual involved in prostitution.
Contact Our Seattle Prostitution Attorney Today
Navigating prostitution charges can be daunting, and the consequences can be life-altering. Our Seattle prostitution attorney at Guadagno Law, PLLC, is here to deliver you with the strong legal representation you need during this challenging time. Let our commitment to your case help you navigate the complexities of prostitution-related charges.
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