If you have been accused of prostitution, it is important to know that you have legal options. Regardless of whether you were soliciting sexual acts or performing them, you deserve to have your day in court and skilled representation by your side.

A Palmetto prostitution lawyer from our firm is here to serve as your legal advocate and ensure your voice is heard. Call J. Ryan Brown Law to get started.

How Does Georgia Define Prostitution?

The Official Code of Georgia Annotated §16-6-9 defines prostitution as the offer, performance, or consent to perform a sexual act in exchange for money or other valuables. By this definition, a sex act need not occur, only be consented to for charges to be possible. Also, valuables can mean anything from a place to sleep, dinner, paid college tuition, or expensive jewelry. As a Palmetto attorney can further explain, prostitution in Georgia casts a much broader net than what we may traditionally think of as prostitution.

Prostitution-Related Crimes in Georgia

Georgia has also criminalized prostitution-related actions, such as managing or owning brothels, or acting as a prostitute’s pimp, whose job is:

  • Acting as a prostitute’s agent
  • Transporting a prostitute to a client’s location
  • Collecting, retaining, and managing fees clients pay for services
  • Providing food, clothing, and shelter for prostitutes
  • Providing protection from unruly or violent customers

In many cases, these prostitution related crimes can lead to other charges that may even be felony offenses.

Defenses to Prostitution

An attorney will review the evidence the police have gathered, talk to the accused, study police reports, interview witnesses, and interpret any cell phone or surveillance videos in order to advise the client on the best path forward. A defense may be offered to jury members to contest the state’s evidence or show why the charges should be less than they are.

During a sting, an undercover officer must follow the rules to avoid being accused of “entrapment,” which is enticing someone to do something they would not ordinarily do. If the accused has an alibi, the prosecutor may be unable to establish guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, the high standard in all criminal cases. Talk to a Palmetto defense attorney to discuss prostitution charges and defenses.

Penalties for Prostitution Convictions

Prostitution is a misdemeanor offense in Palmetto. If convicted, it carries a fine of up to $1,000 and up to 12 months to serve in the county jail.

A Palmetto Prostitution Attorney Stands by You

Whenever someone offers or consents to performing a sex act for money or other valuables in Georgia, they could be charged with prostitution. However, an arrest is never the entire story and in Georgia you are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

We understand that an arrest does not define you. Let us look at your arrest report and talk to you about the charges. We will do everything in our power to help you achieve the best possible outcome in your case. Allow a Palmetto prostitution lawyer from our firm to advocate for you and a better future. Call today.

J. Ryan Brown Law, LLC

J. Ryan Brown Law, LLC