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Seattle Sexual Exploitation Attorney

Helping Clients Fight Seattle Criminal Charges

The words used to describe a crime are important, which is why Seattle criminal charges, like sexual exploitation, have complicated the pursuit of justice in the city. It can be argued that the charge is unnecessarily confusing, leading to unintended consequences for everyone involved. The impression given by a charge of sexual exploitation can make a lower-level misdemeanor sound more dangerous and severe a crime than the statute defines.

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What is the Charge of Sexual Exploitation?

The charge of sexual exploitation, while not a new crime, is unique to Seattle. Under city ordinance 12A.10.040, the misdemeanor crime of soliciting or patronizing a prostitute was changed to sexual exploitation. As a simple misdemeanor, those convicted of sexual exploitation charges face up to 90 days in jail and a $1000 fine. There is also a special fine that supports the City of Seattle Sex Industry Victims’ Fund. The fine for the special fund is also $1000.

A person may face sexual exploitation charges in Seattle if they are found in violation of any of the following:

  • He or she agrees to pay a fee to another person as compensation for the person or a third party to engage with them in sexual congress or conduct as defined in RCW 9A.88.030
  • He or she asks another person to engage in sexual congress or conduct with them with the understanding a fee will be paid

If convicted on charges of sexual exploitation in Seattle, a person faces penalties as follows:

  • Up to 90 days in jail
  • A fine of up to $1000
  • Additional fees and assessments as warranted by law

While the laws regarding the solicitation of a prostitute have not changed, the consequences have become far more severe for many caught dealing with the unintended consequences of this legal name change. Some parties convicted on this charge, which is a misdemeanor, have missed out on employment opportunities because background checks can flag the crime as a felony.

Sting Operations in Sexual Exploitation Cases

When law enforcement works to rid city streets of crime, they use various tactics to collect evidence and find perpetrators. In sexual exploitation cases, sting operations are quite common, and they are used to provide evidence of intent to engage a prostitute in violation of the law. Stings are created to find perpetrators soliciting sex.

The operation must provide evidence the person has:

  1. Made an offer to engage in sexual congress or conduct with another person
  2. Mentioned a sex act
  3. Named a price and place to conduct the sex act

Many operations are put together using Craigslist, Backpage, and other online sites. The police use digital ads to find both sex workers and solicitors seeking sex acts. They answer sexual requests undercover or pretend to be sex workers online to catch those seeking sexual conduct online.

Creating a Defense in Sexual Exploitation Cases

At Guadagno Law, PLLC, we are committed to helping our clients put together the best defense for their cases. Regardless of the charges in your case, the legal system provides every defendant a defense. The stress of facing these serious charges can lead to long-term consequences, both personal and professional. Our firm provides defenses for those soliciting prostitution and sex workers accused of prostitution. Our legal team will fight to have your charges dismissed, but if that’s not possible, we will aggressively fight your case to seek a positive outcome.

When putting together a defense of sexual exploitation charges, our attorneys will focus on the circumstance of your arrest. Were you involved in a sting operation? We will thoroughly investigate the details of the sting to ensure your rights were not violated and you weren’t coerced during questioning. If you’ve been accused of practicing prostitution and you are being trafficked, our attorney will vigorously defend you against these charges.

Call (206) 895-6800 to schedule a consultation. We can start fighting your Seattle sexual exploitation charges right away.

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Why Choose Guadagno Law, PLLC?

  • I offer affordable payment plans to focus on what matters.
  • I have over 17 years of criminal defense experience.
  • I have a sole focus on criminal defense law.
  • I am on call for 24-hour emergency counsel.
  • I have handled thousands of cases over the years.
  • I have worked on both sides of the criminal courtroom.