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Defending Prostitution cases in the District of Columbia
In the District of Columbia, Sexual Solicitation charge (SLIP) 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.
Can I use the entrapment defense for a sexual solicitation case in the District of Columbia
I know what you are thinking. I was set up! “That bitch set me up!!” That’s what one of my clients told me this week. Before you think about using the defense of ENTRAPMENT, you need to know what exactly entrapment is. In the District of Columbia a person is entrapped if law enforcement officials, either directly or through an agent induced or persuaded a person to commit a crime which s/he would not otherwise have committed. However, a person is not entrapped when s/he is ready and willing to violate the law and law enforcement officials merely afforded opportunities for him/her to do so. In other words, you have to show that you weren’t ready and willing to violate the law. But you may say “well, I wasn’t out there looking for sex until the cop approached me in her ho outfit.” Well, that may be the case. In the District, it’s very difficult to prove entrapment. DC Police can convince you to commit the crime of prostitution as long as they are not breaking the law. Such as, threatening you with violence unless u commit a crime.
So what should I do
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. If you have been arrested for Sexual Solicitation in the District of Columbia, give us a call.
At Rollins and Chan, we have experience in representing people in these types of charges. Call us today for a free phone consultation.