West Chester, PA 19380
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Lee Ciccarelli is the founder and managing partner of Ciccarelli Law Offices with over two decades experience as a practicing attorney.
Joshua Tebay is an experienced attorney and former prosecutor licensed to practice in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Michael E. Houghton brings both passion and enthusiasm to criminal defense through his extensive knowledge and experience.
Timothy Kraeer is a highly experienced traffic attorney who handles related criminal and civil matters across the state.
Since 1992, Ann has been advocating for her clients both in and out of tough courtrooms of Philadelphia, which has cultivated her craft.
David Strenfel is a highly experienced attorney who focuses on trial advocacy, constitutional law, and criminal defense.
Jonathon Luff has successfully represented countless clients and gain freedom for many wrongfully accused individuals.
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Pennsylvania prohibits the business of engaging in sexual relations for money, more commonly known as prostitution. Despite the fact that this practice frequently involves two consenting adults, lawmakers have criminalized it because of incidents of violence against women, fears about victims being forced into the industry against their will, and several other concerns.
Both the person who agrees to provide sex for compensation and the person who offers to pay for that sex can face criminal charges. Judges and prosecutors will not only use these charges to shame alleged offenders accused of patronizing or soliciting prostitutes, but they will also attempt to impose extremely harsh punishments for a so-called crime in which nobody was actually harmed.
If you have been arrested for allegedly entering into an agreement to pay for sex, it is critical for you to have legal representation as soon as possible. Ciccarelli Law Offices is familiar with the many ways that innocent people can face these types of charges because of misunderstandings when there was absolutely no criminal intent.
Our Chester County solicitation attorneys have Southeastern Pennsylvania offices in Philadelphia, Kennett Square, Radnor, Plymouth Meeting, Malvern, King of Prussia, Lancaster, and West Chester. We will provide an honest and through evaluation of your case when you call (610) 719-3200 to arrange a free, confidential consultation.
Under 18 Penn. Cons. Stat. § 5902, a person is guilty of prostitution if he or she either:
A person thus commits the offense of patronizing prostitutes when he or she either:
An alleged offender does not need to physically exchange money or engage in the actual sexual activity in order to be arrested for soliciting a prostitute. Police will only need some evidence of a verbal, online, written, or other agreement in order to charge a person with having patronized prostitutes.
If a person is charged with solicitation of a prostitute in Pennsylvania, the severity of the consequences will depend on whether he or she has been previously convicted of this offense. The statutory maximum penalties increase based on the specific classification of the offense:
Fines and incarceration are not the only punishments that somebody convicted of patronizing prostitutes can face. Pennsylvania Consolidated Statute Title 18 § 5902(e.2) states that a court imposing a sentence for a second or subsequent solicitation offense will also publish the sentencing order in a newspaper of general circulation in the judicial district in which the court sits, with the court costs imposed on the alleged offender including the cost of publishing that sentencing order.
Additionally, this can be an incredibly damaging charge for a person to have on his or her criminal record, possibly limiting future employment possibilities. In certain cases, alleged offenders may even be required to register as sex offenders.
Because no actual sex has to occur in order for a person to be charged with this crime, it is not uncommon for somebody to be accused of solicitation when he or she may have been joking or misunderstood what was being suggested in a casual conversation. A lawyer who has handled similar cases of patronizing prostitutes can investigate the specific circumstances of your own case to determine where police may have erred or violated your rights.
Some of the defenses a criminal attorney may be able to utilize include, but are not limited to:
Have you been charged with patronizing a prostitute in Pennsylvania? You should make sure that you have skilled legal counsel for help dealing with police and defending yourself in court.
Ciccarelli Law Offices fights to achieve the most favorable outcomes for clients in communities throughout Chester County, Montgomery County, Delaware County, Lancaster County, and Philadelphia County. Call (610) 719-3200 to have our Chester County prostitution solicitation attorneys review your case during a free consultation.