Prostitution Defense Lawyer in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Charged with Prostitution or Solicitation?
Prostitution is a harshly punished crime in Minnesota. Selling, buying,
and promoting sex are all illegal activities. Even housing a minor who
engages in prostitution is a punishable offense. If you are facing charges
for any one of these crimes, it is urgent that you get in touch with a
Minneapolis sex crimes defense lawyer from Caplan & Tamburino Law
Firm, P.A. as soon as possible. With your future, reputation and freedom
on the line,
you shouldn't wait to begin planning your defense.
Why call Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A.?
Online Solicitation & Undercover Police Stings
Social networking sites are an easy way for sex traffickers to market their
product, which is why police have had so much success luring criminals
through online ads. Operation Guardian Angel, an initiative operated out
of the Minneapolis Police Department, conducts investigations throughout
the Twin Cities to
organize stings and apprehend people who intend to engage in sex with a prostitute.
The police have been targeting and infiltrating specific sites such as
Backpages by creating fictitious ads for dancers, massages, and other
personal and private services. A person who contacts an ad might never
know that they are actually contacting an undercover police officer. Prosecutors
are also increasing their efforts across the board in order to curb the
proliferation of prostitution.
The Penalties for Prostitution in Minnesota
If you are being accused of soliciting or seeking sex in exchange for payment,
or offering to engage in prostitution, you could face the following penalties
- Up to 20 years in prison and $40,000 in fines if involving a juvenile under 13 years
- Up to 10 years in prison and $20,000 in fines if involving a juvenile 13-15 years
- Up to 5 years in prison and $10,000 in fines if involving a juvenile 16-17 years
- Up to 1 year in jail and $3,000 in fines if involving prostitution with an adult
Any of these penalties could have a profound effect on your life. Not only
could you face time behind bars, but the requirement that you
register as a sex offender could limit where you are able to work and live, and may change the way
people perceive you. Working with a Minneapolis sex crimes defense attorney
from our firm may help you avoid the reputation-shattering consequences
of a conviction.
Defenses to a Prostitution or Solicitation Charge
If you have been arrested for prostitution or solicitation, there may be
a number of defenses available in your case. For this reason, it is highly
recommended that you remain silent and avoid speaking to the police until
you have had the chance to consult a criminal defense lawyer from our firm.
Entrapment: Entrapment occurs when a law enforcement officer entices a person to commit
a crime that they otherwise would not commit. If you were enticed by an
undercover police officer to solicit or even engage in prostitution, you
may have a viable entrapment defense.
Lack of Probable Cause: If you are arrested for solicitation or prostitution before a crime is
actually committed, the police must be able to show that they had probable
cause to make an arrest. This means that an explicit offer to engage in
prostitution must be documented.
Due Process Defense: If, during the course of an undercover prostitution sting, a police officer
engages in outrageous conduct, it could be argued that your due process
rights have been violated. This would be the case if a police officer
engaged in sexual contact, for example.
Facing Sex Crime Charges in the Twin Cities?
With so much depending on the outcome of your case, it is crucial that
you do not risk a conviction by not calling a
Minneapolis criminal defense attorney from Caplan & Tamburino Law Firm, P.A. We can provide you with the
hard-hitting legal strategies you need to possibly have your charges lessened
or even acquitted. With over 100 years of experience providing top-rated
defense to clients throughout Minnesota, you can be confident in our ability
to handle your case tenaciously and effectively.
Call now to request your free consultation with a Minneapolis sex crime lawyer.