Prostitution is a serious misdemeanor offense in the Commonwealth of Virginia. If you are convicted of this crime, you could face harsh punishments. However, you may have strong defenses to fight the charges you face even if you believe you are guilty.
Prostitution Offenses in Virginia
Prostitution offenses are aggressively prosecuted in our state. The most common charges an individual could face include the following:
- Prostitution. Under Virginia Code §18.2-346, prostitution occurs when a person performs sexual acts, such as intercourse or oral sex, in exchange for money or its equivalent. The law broadly defines what is considered a sexual act.
- Solicitation of prostitution. Solicitation of prostitution is one of the most common prostitution offenses a person could face. Under Virginia Code §18.2-346, it is considered a solicitation of prostitution to offer money or something equivalent with the intent that a sexual act be performed, and there was a substantial act in furtherance of the offer. No sexual contact has to occur for this crime to have been committed.
- Aiding prostitution. Virginia Code §18.2-348 makes it a crime to aid in prostitution or illegal sexual intercourse. The accused must know or should have known that they are transporting an individual to a place of prostitution. They can also be charged with aiding prostitution if they provide information on how to procure prostitution with the intent that the prostitution occurs.
Penalties for Prostitution
Prostitution offenses are a Class 1 misdemeanor in Virginia. If convicted, you could face these punishments:
- Up to 12 months in jail
- Fine of up to $2,500
Being convicted of prostitution can also have long-term consequences in your life. You would have a permanent criminal record that limits your ability to find a job, education, and more. In addition, you could experience embarrassment and have problems in your relationships with a spouse or partner, friends, family, and co-workers.
Are you facing prostitution charges in Virginia Beach or Norfolk? Our experienced criminal defense lawyers are here to explain what you can expect in your criminal case and may be able to mount an aggressive defense strategy so that you achieve the best possible outcome in your criminal case. Call our Norfolk office at 757-625-1214 or fill out our convenient online form to schedule your free initial consultation today to learn more about how we can assist you.