Denver is cracking down on prostitution: Last week the Aurora and Lakewood police teamed with the FBI and arrested 22 women for prostitution-related offenses. The investigation began when officials looked into two websites where advertising for prostitution and verifying “clients” often takes place. The women are most likely charged with Prostitution in Denver (CRS 18-7-201). In a separate operation, the Denver Police Department’s Vice Unit arrested 29 men in a reverse sting (or “John Sting”). The men were charged with Soliciting Prostitution (CRS 18-7-202) or agreeing to an act of prostitution. The arrests came as a result of numerous complaints about prostitution in the area.
What is Prostitution in Denver?
Prostitution is charged when a person “performs or offers or agrees to perform any act of sexual intercourse…[or other sexual acts] with any person not his spouse in exchange for money or other thing of value.” Prostitution is a Class 3 misdemeanor in Denver, Jefferson and Broomfield County. The sentence ranges from a minimum of a $50 fine up to 6 months in a county jail and a $750 fine.
What is Soliciting for Prostitution in Denver?
Soliciting for Prostitution is charged when someone “solicits another for the purpose of prostitution; or arranges or offers to arrange a meeting of persons for the purpose of prostitution; or directs another to a place knowing such direction is for the purpose of prostitution.” Soliciting for Prostitution is a Class 3 misdemeanor in Denver, and the maximum sentence is up to 6 months in a county jail and a $750 fine.
What Do I Do if Arrested for Prostitution or Soliciting Prostitution in Denver?
Both of these sting operations in Denver illustrate the police department’s strategy. They seek to catch people in the act of a crime: So, they provide the opportunity to commit such a crime. If you have been caught by a police sting, you may be able to use the legal defense of Entrapment, which states that you would not have committed the crime if not for the police inducement. You will need an experienced attorney to expertly argue your defense.
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If you are charged with Prostitution or Soliciting for Prostitution in Denver, you will face much more than jail time and a fine. The social stigma attached to prostitution can destroy friendships, marriages and families. You could lose your job and have a hard time finding employment elsewhere. If you were caught in the wrong place at the wrong time by the cops, you need a passionate attorney that understands and defends your rights.