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Patronizing a Prostitute in Jefferson County | Lakewood Criminal Defense

Posted by Kyle B. Sawyer | Oct 28, 2019 | 0 Comments

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:

  1. exercise your right to remain silent,
  2. don't provide police with statements of any kind,
  3. avoid talking about your case with friends or electronically through messaging, email, or social media,
  4. 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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About the Author

Kyle B. Sawyer

I have a passion for defending others in criminal cases. I am able to empathize with my clients and understand their emotions and fears. I have a unique perspective on the criminal justice system and I understand what it feels like to be wrongly accused of a crime.


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