Rhode Island Prostitution and Solicitation Defense Attorney
Prostitution is defined as the exchange or arrangement to engage in sexual conduct for money or compensation. Prostitution includes selling sexual services, soliciting a prostitute, pimping, or running a brothel. For nearly 30 years, prostitution remained legal in the state of Rhode Island due to a loophole that outlawed street solicitation and brothels but failed to identify and address the act committed while indoors. In 2009, a new law was enacted that criminalized prostitution regardless of setting. As a result of the changes under Rhode Island law, it is imperative that you contact a solicitation defense lawyer immediately after being charged.
§ 11-34.1-2. Prostitution
(a) A person is guilty of prostitution when such person engages or agrees or offers to engage in sexual conduct with another person in return for a fee. Any person found guilty under this section shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor...
Other criminal offenses related to Prostitution:
Loitering for Prostitution
Soliciting from Motor Vehicles for Indecent Purposes
Pandering or Permitting Prostitution
Rhode Island Penalties for Prostitution
Each subsequent offense carries individual penalties such as fees and terms of imprisonment. Pandering or permitting prostitution can be is punishable by a minimum imprisonment of one year and a fee no less than $2000 dollars. Soliciting from motor vehicles for indecent purposes carry a fine of no less than $500 and up to six months of incarceration.
Rhode Island Penalties for Solicitation
A mandatory HIV test is given to anyone convicted of any prostitution-related offense. Anyone convicted and sentenced to jail may be subject to testing and treatment for other sexually transmitted diseases. Treatment is mandatory and refusal to comply is punishable by additional jail time and a fine of up to $250. Solicitation offenses should be represented by an experienced criminal defense lawyer. Prostitution Defense Attorney Chad Bank is well-versed in the area of prostitution offenses. Attorney Bank is available for consultations 24/7 for your convenience. If you or someone, you know has been charged contact The Law Office of Chad Bank at 401-229-5088 immediately or fill out our contact form for more information.