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Have you been arrested for sexual solicitation? We can help. Washington, DC has laws against both buying and selling sex. Pursuant to DC Code § 22–2701 a person commits the crime of prostitution by engaging in (or offering or agreeing to engage in) any sex act in return for a fee. Solicitation for prostitution is the inviting, offering, persuading, or agreeing to engage in a sexual act for money.
1st Offense: The first offense for violation of the DC Prostitution statute DC Code § 22–2701 is 90 days and/or $500.00 dollar fine.
2nd Offense: The second offense for violation of the DC Prostitution statute DC Code § 22–2701 is 180 days and/or $1000.00 dollar fine.
If you were arrested for sexual solicitation you should know – In the District of Columbia, Sexual Solicitation charge or prostitution charge occurs when someone is asked or directed to exchange money for sexual activity. This type of charge often arises as a result of police ” sting” operations, where a female officer will disguise herself as a prostitute in order to lure victims into committing solicitation of sex.
Actual exchange of money is not required in order for someone to be charged with solicitation of prostitution here in the District. In fact, without even having any physical evidence, it is possible for someone to be convicted for solicitation based on their statements alone. District of Columbia Metropolitan police officers are constantly monitoring websites such as Craigslist and Adult Friend Finder in search of prostitution.
Most defenses that are raised have to do with language barriers or that the statements used in the conversation do not rise to solicitation. Police officers love to solicit Uber and Lyft drivers and there are a multitude of defenses. Now, that’s not to say that you have no defenses for your charge. However, most of our cases are resolved through diversion. Please watch our video on sexual solicitation charges in the District of Columbia.
Yes you need to hire a lawyer. The crime of sexual solicitation is viewed as a crime of moral turpitude. Moral Turpitude is defined as conduct that is considered contrary to community standards of justice, honesty or good morals. So although sexual solicitation is a low end misdemeanor it carries significant penalties. It can have significant immigration consequences if you are not a citizen. A good DC prostitution lawyer will try to work out diversion where there is no admission of guilt.
The cost for lawyers vary. We have handled hundreds of these type of cases and charge first offense $1400.00. We once had a client call our office and ask if we were lawyers because most lawyers charge over 3k for this offense. Remember more does not mean better.
If you have been arrested for Sexual Solicitation in the District of Columbia, give us a call. – Free phone consultation
At Rollins and Chan, we have experience in representing people in these types of charges. Call us today for a free phone consultation
Mark and Ada have been representing people charged with sexual solicitation in DC for over 22 years.
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