Patronizing a prostitute charges in Jefferson County can result from having sex (or other forms of sexual contact) with someone for money. Even entering a building where prostitution is practiced can lead to criminal charges if your intent was to hire a prostitute for sex. While a popular website for online sex trade was shut down more than a year ago, sex workers are still practicing throughout Colorado. Both solicitation and prostitution are unlawful in Lakewood, Littleton, and Arvada. Patronizing a prostitute in Jefferson County requires help from an especially skilled criminal defense attorney right away.
Colorado Patronizing a Prostitute
C.R.S. 18-7-205 describes the details of patronizing a prostitute in Jefferson County, as well as throughout the state of Colorado. Someone commits this offense in Lakewood, Arvada, or Golden if they:
- engage in an act of sexual intercourse or deviate sexual conduct,
- with a prostitute,
- or remains in a place of prostitution with intent to perform such an act
It is important to be aware of the difference between soliciting and patronizing a prostitute. While offering a prostitute money for sex is considered solicitation, engaging in the actual physical sexual conduct or entering a location with the intent to perform the conduct is patronizing a prostitute.
Can You Go to Jail for Having Sex with a Prostitute in Colorado?
While soliciting for prostitution in Littleton or Arvada is a class 3 misdemeanor, having sex or oral sex with a prostitute is more serious. As a class 1 misdemeanor, patronizing a prostitute anywhere in Jefferson County may lead to:
- 6 – 18 months in county jail,
- fines of $500 – $5,000
Conviction can also result in an additional fine for Colorado's prostitution enforcement cash fund. However, if the prostitute is a minor under the age of 18, the felony offense of patronizing a prostituted child applies.
Defense Attorney for Patronizing a Prostitute in Jefferson County
Accusations of engaging in sex with a prostitute are particularly serious. Contacting a skilled defense attorney early on can prove invaluable and also positively impact the outcome of the case. Perhaps you didn't know the person was a prostitute or you were unaware prostitution was practiced in the location. Nevertheless, we highly recommend you do the following:
- exercise your right to remain silent,
- don't provide police with statements of any kind,
- avoid talking about your case with friends or electronically through messaging, email, or social media,
- call the top sex crimes attorneys for a free initial consultation
We have over 40 years of combined experience representing clients facing prostitution offenses and our results stand alone. We offer same-day jail visits, affordable fees, and also flexible payment plans to ensure skilled representation is a reality for the accused.
If you or someone you know is facing patronizing a prostitute charges in Colorado, be smart. Contact the experienced criminal defense lawyers at Sawyer Legal Group, LLC at 303-830-0880. Together, we can protect your future.
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