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Charged with Prostitution or Solicitation in PA?

Vice squads across the state have female and male undercover detectives working the streets, and every year they, along with other vice squad officers, make hundreds of arrests. If you are arrested for buying or selling sex, you can face a jail sentence, fines and an extremely stressful experience.

To learn more about sex offenses in PA how our Pennsylvania solicitation attorneys can help, call (412) 281-2146 to schedule your free consultation.

Statewide Representation for Sex Offenses

Based in Pittsburgh, Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys offer comprehensive and aggressive legal representation for those accused of sex offenses throughout the Commonwealth.

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Prostitution Charges in Pennsylvania

In Pennsylvania, prostitution and hiring a prostitute are both a crime — and they are punished equally.

If you are found guilty of engaging in sex for money, loitering in a public place for the purpose of being hired for sexual activity, hiring a prostitute or making money from promoting prostitution, you risk being sentenced to one year in jail.

You will face a humiliating situation with many negative repercussions if your spouse or partner, employer, coworkers, and friends find out you solicited sex from an undercover detective or prostitute.

If you are accused of hiring a prostitute you may have to attend a john school where county health department workers and former prostitutes will educate you on the consequences of prostitution.

Prostitution And HIV/Aids

Pennsylvania views people who sell sex for money very harshly if they know they are HIV positive or have AIDS. If you are found guilty, you face a felony of the third degree. You can be sent to prison for up to seven years.

Promoting Prostitution

You can be charged with promoting prostitution if you own or manage a prostitution business, procure someone to be a prostitute, encourage someone to be or remain a prostitute, find a prostitute for a customer, find a customer for a prostitute, transport someone into or across Pennsylvania for prostitution, lease or allow property you control to be used for prostitution without trying to stop it — and/or make money doing any of these.

If you are sentenced for promoting prostitution, you can face up to three years in prison for a first offense.

You will have a criminal record that can negatively affect your ability to get a good job, join the military, obtain certain professional licenses, or be admitted to graduate school.

Steps To Take If You Have Been Charged with Prostitution & Solicitation

If you have been charged with a prostitution offense, whether you were soliciting sex for money or you were hiring a prostitute, your first step should be to immediately hire a lawyer.

A prostitution charge can mean jail time and fines if convicted, not to mention a permanent criminal record. You also shouldn’t talk to the police or prosecutors unless your Pittsburgh sex crime attorney is with you.

If you have been picked up in an undercover operation, be especially cautious about anything you say because it is likely you are being recorded by the arresting officer.

When you meet with your lawyer, give them as much information as you can about what happened before and during your arrest.

Attorney Matthew Ness Will Listen & Fight for You

As a defense attorney, Matthew Ness believes that the rights of people accused of crimes are worth upholding and fighting for. He does that every day as a trial defense lawyer. Matthew upholds his clients’ rights to fair and speedy trials, just punishment, and not having rights violated. He’s ready to help you in your sex crimes case. He understands what’s at stake.

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Our Prostitution & Solicitation Lawyers Are Here to Help

If you’re facing charges in Pennsylvania after a prostitution sting or in relation selling sex in Pennsylvania, you need a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Fortunately, at Worgul, Sarna & Ness, Criminal Defense Attorneys, LLC, we handle sex offense cases across the state and craft effective defenses to protect your reputation, rights, and freedom.

Don’t wait to protect yourself. Call (412) 281-2146 or submit a request 24/7 for a free consultation. An experienced lawyer will explain your options and what comes next.