Avoiding further crimes or associating with criminals.Whether you ascribe to the idea that prostitution is a victimless crime or the idea that it’s the prostitutes themselves who are the victims, the reality is that – like many things –legally prohibiting the sale of sex has not put an end to it. Regardless of how one feels about it, there are certain truths that can be found in the numbers. Statistics have shown that prostitution is one of the most dangerous professions in the country – the homicide rate for U.S. female sex workers has been estimated to be as many as 204 out of every 100,000 (which is considerably higher than that for the next riskiest occupations). According to the National Task Force on Prostitution, an estimated 1 million people in the U.S. have worked as a prostitute at one time in their lives and about $14.6 billion is spent on prostitution every year. The 2014 Kentucky Annual Economic Report shows that prostitution crime in Kentucky increased by 108.9 percent from 2011 to 2012, with 234 prostitution offenses reported by police agencies statewide in 2012.
Prostitution on the streets, through escort services, in massage parlors and in strip clubs is common throughout our state. Whether you have been charged as a prostitute, a customer (a “john”), a panderer (a “pimp”) or a brothel owner, you are entitled to receive a competent, effective defense. At the Carman Law Firm, we know that people facing prostitution charges may be apprehensive, scared of what could go on their record, and uncertain of what to do next. We have successfully represented countless individuals who have been where you are now, and we have the experience you need.
A person in Kentucky commits the crime of prostitution by engaging in, offering or agreeing to engage in sexual activity for a fee. Prostitution is a Class B misdemeanor, punishable by up to 90 days in jail and a fine of up to $250. Under Kentucky law, it is a crime to buy or sell sex or benefit from or promote the sex trade. This means that not only the provider of the services may be charged with the crime of prostitution, but also the customer, the panderer, anyone who makes money from the transaction and those who allow it to take place. Owning or controlling a house of prostitution or a business of two or more prostitutes is a Class D felony, punishable by 1 to 5 years in jail and a fine of between $1,000 and $10,000. A person who hangs out in a public place for the purpose of committing prostitution is guilty of the crime of loitering, and there are even laws addressing HIV infection that can compound a prostitution charge.
If you are facing prostitution charges, a knowledgeable defense attorney may be able to argue successfully that you were entrapped by law enforcement. This defense can be beneficial in cases where the evidence collected against you was gathered during an undercover police operation. Another possible defense is that the evidence is insufficient to support the charge — maybe there was no firm agreement or the agreement was not for money or no money actually exchanged hands. If you did not have the specific intent to engage in prostitution, you may be able to argue that it was a mistake. Each situation is different, so it’s important to speak with an attorney who can craft the best possible defense for your circumstances.
It’s an unfortunate truth that even if you are not tried and convicted, just being charged with prostitution can have lifelong complications. The KY prostitution attorneys at the Carman Law Firm believe that every accused person is innocent until proven guilty and understands that bad things can happen to good people. Each of our clients receives the same aggressive and thorough representation, all aimed to take advantage of every opportunity for reduced bond, case dismissal, reduced charges, reduced sentences, and alternatives to imprisonment. Our founding attorney, Dan Carman, is admitted to practice in all Kentucky state courts, the federal courts in both the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky, and in the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
In his years as a Lexington criminal defense attorney, Dan has learned how the Kentucky Criminal Justice system operates and he has successfully represented numerous individuals who have been arrested on prostitution charges. He has defended clients accused of serious felonies as well as lesser crimes and is dedicated to building the best possible defense for every client throughout the state, in communities such as Fayette County, Lexington, Winchester, Georgetown, and Nicholasville. Dan knows it can be hard to discuss personal matters and will do his best to make you feel comfortable. Call his office at (859) 685-1055 or fill out this online contact form and let him help you.