Fulton County Prostitution Lawyer
There are many ways someone may become involved in prostitution, whether as a prostitute, pimp, or solicitor. In all of these cases, it is illegal under Georgia law, and the state will pursue aggressively any violators of these laws. In addition to the legal consequences, the mere association with these crimes can also carry social stigmas that have long-lasting adverse effects.
If you have been arrested for a prostitution or a related charge or expect to be, you should consult with a qualified criminal attorney as soon as possible. A skilled Fulton County prostitution lawyer can assess the facts and evidence of your case, determine what defenses may be available and can fight zealously for your rights against the prosecution in court and potentially in settlement negotiations.
What Offenses Would be Charged as Prostitution?
Prostitution in Georgia is defined under § 16-6-9 of the Georgia Code as the performing, offering, or agreeing to perform sexual acts for value (payment or otherwise). The acts do not even need to actually take place or valuable items exchanged to be convicted of prostitution.
Other crimes related to prostitution include:
- Operating a place that allows prostitution
Pimping occurs when someone offers or agrees to obtain, transport, or arrange a meeting with a prostitute for another person, or aids in that process. Pandering, on the other hand, is when someone solicits someone’s engagement in prostitution on their behalf or on behalf of a third person, or gathering people together for the purposes of soliciting for prostitution. Businesses or people who maintain an area where people engage in prostitution can also be subject to arrest.
Steep Punishments for Prostitution-Related Crimes
Most of the penalties for prostitution and related crimes can be severe. Prostitution itself is a simple misdemeanor charge under State law. However, pimping, pandering, and keeping a place of prostitution are classified high and aggravated misdemeanors, and if specific additional facts are present, they can be prosecuted as a felony and can carry a prison sentence of up to ten years. The penalties increase exponentially for pimping and other related charges if the prostitute is under 18-years-old and can carry up to 30 years in prison and up to $100,000 in fines depending on age.
Sex Offender Registration
In addition to potentially substantial prison time, prostitution-related crimes may also carry a duty to register as a sex offender. Registrants must provide personal information to law enforcement and other periodic requirements and the failure to can carry a 30-year prison sentence.
Call a Fulton County Prostitution Attorney Now to Discuss Your Case
In a criminal proceeding, the government bears the burden to show intent and provide evidence beyond a reasonable doubt showing the defendant committed the crime. However, the defendant must be prepared with their own evidence and must present a compelling defense to combat the story the prosecutor will tell. An attorney at Hawkins Spizman Fortas can serve as an invaluable resource in collecting evidence showing your innocence, filing required documents with the court, and utilizing the process to seek a dismissal or a reduction in the charge or penalty.
You do not want a criminal record relating to prostitution, as it can greatly impact your life moving forward. The best approach is to fight against the charges quickly and aggressively. A qualified Fulton County prostitution lawyer knows the process for mounting a criminal defense for prostitution cases and can fight for you throughout each phase of the process.