Colorado Springs Prostitution Defense Attorneys
Charges related to prostitution can carry severe consequences and should not be taken lightly. Given this, it’s best to seek out the representation of a Colorado, defense attorney. It’s important to choose an attorney who has experience in defending against these types of charges; not all lawyers have the same amount of expertise in differing fields.
Solicitation charges are not uncommon in Colorado, because the police are enthusiastic about staging stings throughout the state. In many of these stings, they are able to make audio or even video recordings of the accused. Those officers that work undercover during these stings are incredibly persuasive and can even seem to bully a prospective John into a chargeable offense.
Penalties for Prostitution Charges in Colorado
Colorado specifically outlaws prostitution and the solicitation of prostitution. As a class 3 misdemeanor, prostitution charges can carry a sentence of up to six months in county jail. However, there are other circumstances which can lead to more serious charges, such as if the accused knowingly had HIV during the event. If this is found to be the case, after court-mandated HIV testing, the accused can be charged with a class 5 felony. Anyone charged with any act of prostitution and convicted is tested for HIV by law.
Soliciting for prostitution refers to approaching another person for the purpose of enabling an act of prostitution. Even something as simple as directing the other person to a particular place with the intent of an act of prostitution being carried out is considered solicitation. Arranging a meeting between two or more persons for the purpose of prostitution can also result in a solicitation charge.
Situations Which Can Affect Sentencing
In addition to medical status affecting the severity of the charges levied against the accused, there are several other factors which can lead to more substantial charges. For example, if the person being charged is supposed to have coerced another person into committing prostitution, they can be charged with pandering, which is a class 5 felony. Coercion can describe menacing or intimidating another into performing an act they would not otherwise perform.
It is a class 1 petty offense to engage the services of a prostitute for the first time or second time. Subsequent offenses, however, result in the charge being raised to a class 1 misdemeanor. These offenses need not have occurred within the state of Colorado. For example, one could have two convictions in Texas, and the first offense in Colorado (and their third cumulative offense) could be charged as a class 1 misdemeanor.
Just as those engaging in solicitation are required to be tested for HIV, so are those who are convicted of engaging the services of a prostitute. If it’s found that the accused was aware of their positive HIV status at the time of engagement, they can be charged with a class 6 felony.
The laws used to charge the accused could be state laws or municipal laws. Generally speaking, the charges are filed using municipal city codes rather than under state law. An initial defense has relatively fewer consequences, but repeat offenders can find themselves facing more severe sentences. In some circumstances, they may even find themselves on the sex offender registry list.
Using your vehicle in the commission of an act of prostitution may result in your vehicle being seized by law enforcement. If this occurs, the municipality will file a civil action with the county court. In order to retrieve your vehicle, you’ll need to negotiate with the City Attorney. Recovering your vehicle will depend on stipulations like not using the vehicle for any illegal activity for two years, as well as paying for towing charges and storage fees.
Pimping is another very serious charge connected to prostitution; it is a class 3 felony. If an individual is supported in any way by money collected by another person through prostitution, they can be charged with pimping.
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All of the specific crimes that surround prostitution are serious, and someone being charged with sex crimes, date rape, or felony rape should understand just how severe the consequences can be. These are life-changing charges. Even without a conviction, they can have devastating effects on a person’s life. The most important thing someone charged with one of these offenses can do is to engage the services of an experienced Colorado Springs criminal defense attorney.
At Anaya McKedy, we have the experience, the expertise, and the dedication to provide you with the defense you deserve.