Prostitution is a very serious sex-related crime that can be prosecuted against the prostitute or against their “customer.” Charges can also be pursued against people responsible for the promotion of prostitution. Charges of this type can be misdemeanors, gross misdemeanors or felonies, depending on the circumstances alleged. Penalties can include fines, jail or prison sentences, mandatory sex offender treatment, and forfeiture of motor vehicle used in the commission of the offense. Despite the seriousness of these offenses, there are many different defenses that can be successfully raised.
There are a number of prostitution offenses in Minnesota. They include:
- Solicitation – Asking another person to engage in sex in exchange for money.
- Prostitution in a park or school zone, or in public places – If prostitution occurs here, then the penalties are significantly increased.
- Loitering with the intent to solicit – Being in a public place with the intent to commit prostitution.
- Promotion of prostitution – Promoting the prostitution of another person and then collecting a percentage of the money that they are paid.
If you are arrested for any of the above reasons, it is important to not say anything to the police officer. Any statement you make can be used against you in court and you do not want to potentially incriminate yourself even when you feel that your statements are harmless.
Fighting Prostitution & Solicitation Penalties
At Segal, Roston & Berris, we have experience handling prostitution and solicitation cases in the Minneapolis and St. Paul area and throughout the state. We have helped individuals who have been falsely accused achieve case dismissal or acquittal, and we have helped others minimize the damage of their arrests.
Contact Our Minnesota Criminal Defense Lawyers
Prostitution offenses are very serious. If you have been accused of solicitation or prostitution, you have the right to defend yourself with the help of a qualified criminal defense attorney. To learn more, call Segal, Roston & Berris at 612-332-3100 for a free consultation.