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Prostitution, Solicitation of Prostitution, Pimping & Pandering

Prostitution laws make it illegal to offer, negotiate, agree to or engage in sexual activity for compensation. Anyone involved in any of these processes may be charged with prostitution or a related crime.

If you are facing charges of prostitution, solicitation, or pimping, connect with a criminal defense attorney to discuss your charges. Simply fill out the free online evaluation form on this page or call 877-445-1059 to arrange your no-obligation consultation today.


Prostitution Laws

Prostitution is a crime in all states except Nevada, where it is tightly regulated. Prostitution laws generally charge the provider, customer and middleman for a prostitution “transaction.” The provider is charged for prostitution, the customer is charged with solicitation of prostitution and a middleman with pandering or pimping.

Engaging in interstate prostitution may be a federal offense.

Some states may require people convicted of prostitution register as a sexual offender. Prostitution may be considered a felony if the offender has prior convictions.

Most state prostitution laws are gender-neutral.

Prostitution Sentencing

Depending on the specific crime, prostitution-related convictions may result in:

  • Fines;
  • Counseling; or
  • Prison time.

Many states provide harsher sentences for pimping and pandering, and provide rehabilitation for those convicted of prostitution.

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Locate a Criminal Defense Lawyer

Get in touch with a local criminal lawyer today to learn more about a criminal charge you may be facing and possible defenses in your cases. If you have been arrested for prostitution, pimping, pandering or solicitation of prostitution, schedule a free, no obligation consultation today with a local criminal defense lawyer. Call 877-445-1059 or fill out a free online evaluation form. Total Criminal Defense will connect you with an attorney near you.

The above summary is by no means all-inclusive and is not legal advice. Laws may have changed since our last update. For the latest information on these laws and penalties, speak to a criminal defense attorney in your area.


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