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Washington Soliciting or Patronizing a Prostitute Charges and Penalties
What is Prostitution?
Prostitution is when a person engages, agrees, or offers to engage in sexual conduct with another person in return for a fee.
What constitutes as Soliciting or Patronizing a Prostitute?
A person is guilty of patronizing if he or she pays a fee to another person as compensation for such person or a third person to engaged in sexual conduct with him or her.
A person is guilty of soliciting a prostitute if he or she requests another person to engage in sexual conduct with him or her in return for a fee.
What about Soliciting for Child Prostitution?
Soliciting for child prostitution is extremely similar to solicitation of a prostitute but it involves a child—i.e., a “person under the age of 18 years old.” This is considered commercial sexual abuse of a minor.
What is the Punishment?
Solicitation of a prostitute is considered a misdemeanor.
Commercial sexual abuse of a minor is a class B felony.
A misdemeanor is punishable by imprisonment for up to ninety days, a fine of up to $1,000.00, or both.
A class B felony is punishable by imprisonment for up to ten years, a fine of up to $20,000.00, or both.
Additionally, if you have a record for solicitation, it could hinder your chances of working in certain places, such as with children, banks or even a charitable organization.
As the sentence can range so widely, it is important to have a knowledgeable attorney who can advocate for the lowest sentence possible for you. Anytime there is a chance of a jail sentence, it is important to have a confident attorney who is comfortable working on serious charges like these.
Even as a Defendant of a Crime, you still have Rights! Make sure yours were not violated!
Even as an individual facing criminal charges, you have rights. It is important to know those rights and make sure that they were not violated in any way when you were arrested or charged. Without extensive knowledge of your rights when it comes to police searches, Miranda rights, and your rights when it comes to arrest, it is extremely difficult to get a dismissal or reduction of your charges. Do not try and fight these charges on your own, Weber Law is ready to help you today.
Contact Weber Law immediately if you’ve been arrested on a soliciting or patronizing a prostitute charge. We offer a free confidential case evaluation – serving Seattle and the surrounding areas.
What should you do if you have been cited for Soliciting or Patronizing a Prostitute, and how can Weber Law help?
It can be a scary and stressful to have pending criminal charges. Weber Law is here to walk you through the process and defend you every step of the way. Weber Law will work to get your citation dismissed or lowered by looking at potential defenses and any evidence associated with the citation. Potentially defenses include mistakes, such as not knowing the person was a prostitute, lack of evidence, arguing that there was actually no solicitation occurring, or looking at the police report to see if they had probable cause for an arrest. If you are not sure how to proceed with a ticket, let Weber Law give you the next steps. Let Weber Law help keep your record clean and live your life free of criminal charges. If you or someone you know have been cited for soliciting or patronizing a prostitute in the State of Washington, contact Weber Law today for a consultation.
WA ST § 9A.88.110, Patronizing a prostitute
WA ST § 9A.88.030, Prostitution
WA ST § 9A.20.021, Maximum sentences for crimes committed July 1, 1984, and after
WA ST § 9.68A.100, Commercial sexual abuse of a minor – penalties – consent of a minor does not constitute a defense
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