ANCHORAGE PROSTITUTION DEFENSE LAWYERS
If you have been charged with prostitution or solicitation of prostitution, it is wise to seek the counsel of a skilled lawyer as soon as possible. If convicted, you might face serious penalties such as jail time, fines, mandatory registration as a sex offender or community service. Let our firm shield you from the criminal justice system and minimize your exposure to these devastating consequences.
The Anchorage prostitution defense attorneys at the Law Office of Dattan Scott Dattan have extensive experience defending clients in even the most complex cases. We understand that there is a significant population in Alaska that is here for hunting, prospecting or mining. It is easy to blur the line between looking for companionship and the solicitation of prostitution. If law enforcement is guilty of entrapment or it is a simple case of mistaken identity, you need a skilled defender on your side.
What is solicitation and how is it different from prostitution?
Solicitation occurs when a person asks or encourages someone to engage in sex in return for money. The long-form of solicitation in the context of prostitution is solicitation of prostitution. Solicitation usually leads up to prostitution.
Prostitution occurs when one party or more exchanges sex for property or money. Prostitution and solicitation are both illegal under Alaskan statute.
If I am charged with prostitution, what could I be faced with?
Your sentence will depend on whether you are charged with a misdemeanor or a felony. If you are convicted of prostitution under a class B misdemeanor, you could be sentenced to up to 90 days in jail or fined up to $2,000.
If convicted of prostitution, you could face up to 5 years and fined up to $50,000 depending on your case. Your sentence and/or fine will depend on how your conviction is classified.
Prostitution is categorized as a Class C felony offence if you have purchased sex in exchange for money, if the prostitute is under 18 years of age, and if you are over the age of 18 and you have purchased sex from a prostitute who is at least 3 years younger than you.
A notable defense to a Class C felony charge of prostitution can be made if you reasonably believed that the prostitute was at least 18 years old and you took reasonable measures to verify that the prostitute was in fact, 18 years old or older. The definition of “reasonable” will depend on the context of your case.
Alaska Human Trafficking Defense Attorney
Prosecutors and the media will equate human trafficking with modern-day slavery. You need an attorney on your side who has a sophisticated understanding of criminal law and the experience necessary to guide you to a successful resolution. We will thoroughly investigate your charges to look for evidence that should be suppressed, illegal search and seizure, and conflicting witness statements. Count on our firm for a carefully constructed, unique defense designed to protect your freedom and defend your rights.
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If you’ve been charged with prostitution or with purchasing the services of a prostitute, our team of experts will defend your rights zealously and comprehensively by outlining your defenses and carefully crafting a strategy that will enhance your rights to fight your case fairly.
Call (907) 276-8008 or email our Anchorage law office for a confidential consultation with an experienced Anchorage criminal defense lawyer. We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.