PROSTITUTION CHARGES IN PENNSYLVANIA

If you were charged with a prostitution offense in Pennsylvania, even though it is legal in some cities, you may be feeling embarrassment and remorse. Being arrested for prostitution can not only bring a certain stigma, but can also come with severe consequences, like prison time, a criminal record and hefty fines.

A conviction on prostitution charges can mean time in prison away from your family, fines, and a misdemeanor or felony on your permanent record. This can make it difficult to get a job or future employment and ruin your reputation in your community.

But not every arrest leads to a conviction or guilty verdict. Navigating your way through the court system can be tricky, and in order to get the best outcome for your case it helps to have the experience of an aggressive and knowledgeable Pittsburgh prostitution attorney.

For expert answers regarding your situation, call an experienced Pittsburgh Criminal Lawyer for a free legal consultation.

Don’t Give Up Without a Fight

It is important to not feel hopeless or powerless if you have been charged with a prostitution offense. Until you have been convicted of a crime, there are many options to defend your innocence, your rights and your liberties.

A skilled and aggressive lawyer will work toward building a strong legal defense to have your charges reduced or your case dismissed.

Pittsburgh Attorney Christopher Thomas has years of experience in defending the rights of people in Western Pennsylvania. Contact him today.

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INFORMATION ON BEING CHARGED WITH PROSTITUTION IN PA

While only a person selling sex for money can be guilty of prostitution, there are several other offenses in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania that qualify as prostitution offenses under the statute.

A person is guilty of prostitution if they:

  • Engage in sexual activity in exchange for money; or
  • Loiter in a public place (or in view of a public place) for the purpose of being hired for sexual activity.

A person is guilty of patronizing a prostitute if they:

  • Buy, or offer to buy, sex from an individual.

Thus, the crime of prostitution consists of two separate crimes: prostitution and patronizing. The punishments for both crimes are the same.

It is also illegal to promote prostitution in PA. This is sometimes referred to as pimping or pandering. A person is guilty of promoting prostitution if they:

  • Own or manage a prostitution business;
  • Procure a person to be a prostitute;
  • Find a customer for a prostitute;
  • Find a prostitute for a customer;
  • Encourage a person to be a prostitute;
  • Transporting a person into or around PA for the purposes of prostitution;
  • Live off of the proceeds of prostitution;
  • Soliciting, making money, or agreeing to make money from any of the above.

Pittsburgh Attorney Christopher Thomas has years of experience in defending the rights of people in Western Pennsylvania. Contact him today.

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PUNISHMENT FOR A PROSTITUTION CONVICTION IN PA

If you are found guilty of prostitution OR patronizing a prostitute, you can be sentenced with the following:

For a first offense or second offense conviction of prostitution or patronizing a prostitute:

  • A misdemeanor of third degree
  • Up to one year in jail
  • A fine of up to $2,500

For a third conviction of prostitution or patronizing a prostitute:

  • A misdemeanor of the second degree
  • Up to two years in jail
  • A fine of up to $5,000

For a fourth or subsequent conviction of prostitution or patronizing a prostitute:

  • A misdemeanor of the first degree
  • Up to five years in jail
  • A fine of up to $10,000

If you are found guilty of promoting prostitution, you can be sentenced with the following:

For a first offense promoting prostitution:

  • Up to three years in jail
  • A fine of up to $5,000

It is important to note that the following prostitution crimes are punishable as felonies:

  • Prostitution or patronizing when infected with HIV/AIDS;
  • Promoting prostitution of a person infected with HIV/AIDS;
  • Promoting the prostitution of a minor;
  • Procuring a person for prostitution;
  • Compelling another to engage in or promote prostitution;
  • Promoting the prostitution of a spouse, child or person for whom the defendant is responsible.

The punishment for the above felony prostitution crimes include:

  • A felony of the third degree on your criminal record
  • Up to seven years in jail
  • A fine of up to $15,000
  • Other possible sentencing, if other sex crimes were committed.

It is also worth noting that in PA, it is required that the names of those convicted of patronizing more than once must be published in the local newspaper. So, adding to the misery of your conviction will be the shame of your entire community being informed of your crime.

Fighting your prostitution offense charges through an experienced legal defense is the best way to protect your freedom and liberties.

Pittsburgh Attorney Christopher Thomas has years of experience in defending the rights of people in Western Pennsylvania. Contact him today.

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FIGHT FOR YOUR FREEDOM

In PA there are many undercover operations whose sole purpose are to catch prostitutes and those who patronize or promote them. This can lead to instances of entrapment by law enforcement. At SMA Law Group, we will be able to dig into the facts of your case and make sure that your rights were not violated in this way.

HOW SMA LAW GROUP CAN HELP

At SMA Law Group, we want to make a positive difference in our clients’ lives. We know people make mistakes. We are skilled and experienced at winning cases and fighting for the charges to be reduced or dropped altogether.

We will work diligently to ensure that your side of the story is the one the judge understands and believes. We will negotiate with prosecutors to have the charges reduced or withdrawn. We will use all our legal knowledge and ability to get the best possible outcome for your case.

Our aggressive and compassionate attorneys are here to guide you through a difficult time.

Call Pittsburgh Criminal Lawyer Christopher Thomas for a free legal evaluation of your case.

Attorney Thomas is here to answer your questions, listen to your situation, explain your rights and offer the best steps to defending your rights and getting your future on track.
Pittsburgh Attorney Christopher Thomas has years of experience in defending the rights of people in Western Pennsylvania. Contact him today.


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