Prostitution in Washington, DC
What is solicitation in Washington, DC
Washington, DC has laws against both buying and selling sex. Pursuant to DC Code § 22–2701 a person commits the crime of prostitution by engaging in (or offering or agreeing to engage in) any sex act in return for a fee. Solicitation for prostitution is the inviting, offering, persuading, or agreeing to engage in a sexual act for money.
1st Offense: The first offense for violation of the DC Prostitution statute DC Code § 22–2701 is 90 days and/or $500.00 dollar fine.
2nd Offense: The second offense for violation of the DC Prostitution statute DC Code § 22–2701 is 180 days and/or $1000.00 dollar fine.
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 physical evidence, it’s 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.
Do I need to hire a Lawyer for a Prostitution Charge?
Yes you need to hire a lawyer. The crime of sexual solicitation is viewed as a crime of moral turpitude. Moral Turpitude is defined as conduct that is considered contrary to community standards of justice, honesty or good morals. So although sexual solicitation is a low end misdemeanor it carries significant penalties. It can have significant immigration consequences if you are not a citizen. A good DC prostitution lawyer will try to work out diversion where there is no admission of guilt.
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 & Chan, we have experience in representing people in these types of charges. Call us today for free phone consultation.