How do They Prosecute a Prostitution case

how do they prosecute a prostitution case

Charged with Prostitution in a Sting Operation

So, you were recently charged with sexual solicitation in the District of Columbia and you want to know whether it was recorded by a video camera or audio device. The simple answer is probably not. Well, why not you ask?

What is Corroboration Evidence?

Corroboration evidence is evidence that tends to support a proposition that is already supported by some initial evidence, therefore confirming the proposition. In other words, a second person or a recording device hearing the transaction between the two individuals that helps prove that in fact, the conversation occurred.

The District of Columbia Court of Appeals has held Corrobation Evidence Not Necessary in Prostitution Cases

Corroboration is not required to prove solicitation for the purpose of prostitution in the District of Columbia. SeeGary v. United States, 499 A.2d 815 (D.C.1985) (en banc), cert. denied,477 U.S. 906, 106 S.Ct. 3279, 91 L.Ed.2d 568 (1986). Given the current state of law, it is rare for police officers to record the conversation other than writing it down after the fact.

What Should I do if charged with prostitution in DC?

So you should immediately consult a criminal lawyer in the District of Columbia that can assist you with this case.

If no corroboration evidence required – is it my word verse the cop’s word?

Essentially correct. If a trial is elected it is a bench trial (trial by Judge only – some exceptions). That is the reason you seek an experienced criminal defense attorney to help because there are other options rather than a trial.