Prostitution Charges in Maryland
(Criminal Law 11-304, et. Seq.)
In the state of Maryland, prostitution is defined as any act involving sexual favors that results in one person receiving compensation for the act. A similar charge is that of solicitation, which involves a person offering another person money in exchange for sexual favors. The only real difference between these two charges is that the former is only charged if the sexual act was committed before the arrest occurred. In either case, the charges are very serious, as both are considered misdemeanors in Maryland.
Specifically, a person convicted of prostitution, even a first offense, can face up to 10 years in prison in addition to fines and penalties. Not to mention, once jail time is served, the charge stays on a person’s record for the rest of their lives. There is no way to have a conviction removed from a person’s record. Having such a charge show up on one’s criminal record can not only prevent a person from being able to land a job, but such a charge can be embarrassing.
Maryland law enforcement has been running more prostitution stings than ever before, which has resulted in a much larger number of charges than in years past. In such situations, officers go undercover and will proposition people who they believe to be prostitutes for sex, or visa versa. The problem with such stings is that they are not always done lawfully, which can result in innocent people being charged with crimes that they did not necessarily commit or even have any intention of committing.
Charged with prostitution?
If you have been arrested and/or charged with prostitution, it is important to realize that you have rights. If you were arrested as a part of a police sting, then you may understandably be feeling as though you were unfairly targeted or possibly entrapped into the situation. Either way, no matter what the specifics of the case are, the fact remains that you need to do everything you can to build a good defense and protect yourself against these charges.
If a proper defense to the case is developed early there are ways to fight such charges to the point that you may be able to get them dropped or reduced to a solicitation or pandering charge, which are both classified as misdemeanors. At the same time, fighting such a charge is not something that you should attempt to do alone. Instead, it is necessary to retain the guidance and representation of a strong, dedicated legal team. They will be able to review the specifics of your case as well as your past record as a way of putting together a compelling case to present in court. A team of lawyers will fight for your rights and give you the best chances of a favorable outcome for your case.
No matter the evidence you may have against you, a lawyer who focuses in such charges will be knowledgeable of the laws regarding prostitutes in Maryland and will be able to use them to prove your innocence or mitigate your case. Such a lawyer may be able to find loopholes that apply to you or may even be able to determine that the police sting was conducted unlawfully.
If you believe that you might benefit from a free consultation regarding your case, call the defense team at Robinson & Associates at 443-524-7395 today to schedule your free legal consultation.