Prostitution offenses are charged under the Commonwealth’s statute surrounding commercial sexual conduct [Section 18.2-346] and encompass various acts of prostitution and solicitation. If someone engages in sex acts for money, or an equivalent return (such as drugs or some other pecuniary compensation), they are guilty of prostitution [Section 18.2-346(A)].
The crime is charged as a class 1 misdemeanor, and the accused can face up to 12 months in jail and/or a fine of up to $2,500 if convicted [Section 18.2-11(a)]. Regardless of the penalty, those accused can greatly benefit from the abilities of a seasoned Alexandria prostitution lawyer.
Anyone who offers money to a prostitute to perform any sexual favors, then performs an act in furtherance of the intent to engage in the sexual act, can be charged with solicitation of prostitution. This is also a class 1 misdemeanor [Section 18.2-346(B)] (maximum $2,500 fine and/or up to a year in jail). En Español.
There are also two prostitution-related offenses involving solicitation of sexual services of underage participants.
Soliciting prostitution from a minor is charged against those who solicit sexual favors from someone at least 16 years of age. This is a class 6 felony [Section 18.2-346(B)(i)]. If convicted, the punishment is one to five years in prison, though at its discretion, the court or a jury can impose a discretionary maximum of 12 months in jail. A maximum fine of up to $2,500 is also a part of the sentence: [Section 18.2-10(f)].
But if the suspect is alleged to have solicited prostitution from a minor under 16 years of age, it’s a class 5 felony: [Section 18.2-346(B)(ii)]. The penalty upon conviction is one to 10 years in prison, with possibly the same discretionary reduction (12 months in jail) and/or a fine of up to $2,500 [Virginia Code Section 18.2-10(e)].
There is also a statute that applies to those who aid prostitutes [Section 18.2-348]. Anyone who transports anyone to any place for the purpose of prostitution is suspected of aiding the offense, a class 1 misdemeanor, and faces a sentence upon conviction of a maximum 12 months in jail and/or a fine of up to $2,500.
If someone gives information to another regarding how and/or where to find a prostitute, that offense is also a class 1 misdemeanor with the same penalty. Those accused may want to hire an Alexandria lawyer so they can begin to look at the facts of the prostitution case.
Those who force a person into prostitution can do so in any (or a combination) of the following ways.
All suspects allegedly involved in such abductions are charged with “taking or detaining” a person for prostitution. This is charged as a class 4 felony [Section 18.2-355(C)]. Conviction brings two to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $100,000.
Additionally, any of the above offenses that involve the crossing of state lines, kidnapping, or the child prostitution could bring federal charges, which are punished more severely than Commonwealth felonies. All who have been accused of exchanging sex for money, should contact an experienced Alexandria prostitution lawyer.
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