Unlike the famous Bunny Ranch in Nevada, Tennessee has not legalized prostitution throughout the state. Prostitution and solicitation of prostitution generally occurs when a person approaches another person and agrees to engage in a sexual act for money. It is not necessary that money actually be exchanged. A prostitution charge carries not only with it embarrassment but also severe penalties. If arrested for prostitution, you are facing jail time, heavy fines, and a permanent criminal record. You do not want to walk into a courtroom in Tennessee alone to fight your prostitution charge. It is not wise to just show up in court and assume the truth will win out. That is why you need an experienced criminal defense attorney to assist you in your recent criminal arrest for prostitution solicitation. A successful defense could result in your case either being dismissed or expunged from your record after a short diversionary period. It is advisable to avoid a permanent criminal conviction because solicitation is considered a crime of moral turpitude.
How a criminal lawyer can help you.
If you have been arrested in a prostitution sting, you should immediately discuss your case with an experienced criminal lawyer. Perhaps this was your first run-in with the law and you do not know where to turn. Your lawyer can use your lack of criminal record to your advantage and help keep this embarrassment off your permanent record. Any permanent criminal conviction could result in loss of job opportunities and further hardships.
As part of your defense, you could also have been the victim of what is known as entrapment. An undercover police officer cannot trick you into solicitation of prostitution. Write down all the details of the conversations you has with law enforcement. The police usually record these conversations and that evidence can be used as part of your defense. If keeping this incident quiet is your primary concern, this can also be accomplished with the help of an experienced criminal attorney. I have found that this is the primary concern for the accused in a prostitution case. I can make sure all court communications come directly to my office and not your permanent address.
Don't be fooled again!
The Internet chat boards and advice from friends can pass along information that is simply untrue and false. Police often conduct prostitution stings operations in order to catch a person who is willing to perform a sexual act in exchange for money. Unlike TV, the police do not have to tell that they are police officers if you ask. Remember, this is real life, not TV. Hence the term undercover is revealed. Get your information from an attorney who is experienced in this area of law. Also, your record does not automatically get expunged once your case is completed. An experienced attorney will know how to follow up and make sure your record is sealed from public view.
If you need help with a recent prostitution sting arrest, give Lee Martin a call at 615-345-1988. He is an experienced prostitution lawyer who has over 16 years of legal experience and knows how to get results in these matters.