Denver Prostitution & Solicitation Attorney
If you have been charged with prostitution or a related offense, you will need a Denver defense attorney experienced with defending these types of cases. Police regularly stage stings throughout Colorado, hoping to catch Johns on audio and even video. These undercover officers can be persistent and even push to persuade a reluctant John to agree to the prohibited act.
Prostitution is prohibited under Colorado law. Prostitution is a class 3 misdemeanor, punishable by up to six months in the county jail. If you are convicted of prostitution or of soliciting a prostitute, the law requires that you submit to testing for HIV. If one commits an act of prostitution with knowledge that they have HIV, they have committed a class 5 felony, thus making the offense far more serious.
A person solicits for prostitution if they solicit another for the purpose of prostitution, or directs another person to a particular place, knowing that direction is for the purpose of prostitution. Additionally, a person commits solicitation if they arrange or even offer to arrange a meeting of persons for the purpose of prostitution. This offense constitutes a class 3 misdemeanor.
If you are alleged to have induced a person to commit prostitution by menacing or intimidating them, you will be charged with pandering, a class 5 felony.
A person who engages the services of a prostitute has committed the offense of patronizing a prostitute, which is a class 1 petty offense. However, this becomes a class 1 misdemeanor if the defendant has two prior convictions for patronizing a prostitute, either in Colorado or in some other state.
If you are charged with patronizing a prostitute, you will be required to submit to HIV testing. If you patronize a prostitute while knowing you have HIV, the offense is elevated to a class 6 felony.
Prostitution and solicitation can either be charged under state law, or under city municipal codes. Typically, these charges do get filed in the city, and nor the state, courts. First offenses are not punished seriously, but subsequent offenses can result in more serious punishment.
If you have been charged with prostitution or solicitation, and that crime occurred while you were in your vehicle, the police will seize your vehicle, and the City will file a civil action in the County Court. You can negotiate a settlement of the case with the City Attorney, which would involve an agreement that the vehicle will not be used for anything illegal for a period of two years after the date of the agreement. You also will need to pay settlement fees and any towing and storage charges, which can be very expensive.
Another offense connected to prostitution is that of pimping, a very serious crime categorized as a class 3 felony. One is considered to be pimping where they are supported, in whole or in part, by money received by any other person through prostitution.
Prostitution, solicitation, and pimping are serious and potentially life-changing and stigmatizing offenses that require the assistance of an aggressive attorney specializing in criminal defense to mitigate the negative consequences such a charge could have on you today and in the future.
To benefit from criminal attorney Kimberly Diego’s vigorous attention to the law and commitment to clients, call 720.257.5346 for a free consultation or simply fill out the FREE CASE REVIEW form and a representative from the Law Office of Kimberly Diego will contact you as soon as possible.