Gillette Prostitution Defense Attorneys
In Wyoming, state laws prohibit a wide range of prostitution-related activities, including the solicitation of prostitution, the act of prostitution, and the promotion of prostitution. Depending on the act you are charged with, you may face either a misdemeanor or a felony.
At Steven Titus & Associates, P.C., our prostitution defense lawyer in Gillette is committed to helping every client we represent achieve the most favorable result. We understand this is a challenging time for you and could provide the skilled legal counsel you need to navigate it. Contact us today at (307) 257-7800 to schedule a consultation.
In Wyoming, prostitution occurs when an individual performs or permits, agrees, or offers to perform or permit a sex act for either property or money. The act also needs to be done intentionally or knowingly. It is important to note that, in prostitution cases, courts closely examine the facts when determining intent, and those involved do not necessarily need an explicit agreement.
Prostitution-related crimes like pandering and solicitation are also considered serious offenses and are defined as:
- Pandering: When someone facilitates a situation where prostitution could be practiced.
- Solicitation: When someone agrees or offers to give property or money to another individual with the intent of engaging in a sex act.
The penalties associated with prostitution in Wyoming could potentially be quite severe, which is why it is crucial to hire legal representation. These are the penalties of a conviction for:
- Prostitution: If convicted, this misdemeanor is punishable by imprisonment for up to six months and a fine of up to $750.
- Solicitation: If convicted, this misdemeanor is punishable by imprisonment for up to six months and a fine of up to $750.
- Promoting prostitution: Unlike prostitution and solicitation, promoting prostitution is a felony. If convicted, it is punishable by imprisonment for a maximum of three years and a fine of up to $3,000. If the person enticed into prostitution was under the age of 18, the crime is punishable by imprisonment for a maximum of five years and a fine of up to $5,000.
- Sex trafficking: There are two types of human trafficking in Wyoming – sex and labor trafficking. Sex trafficking occurs when someone is forced to partake in commercial sex acts. First-degree human trafficking is punishable by imprisonment for up to 50 years, but not more than five years, and a fine of up to $10,000. Second-degree human trafficking is punishable by imprisonment for up to 20 years, but not less than two years, and a fine of up to $10,000.
If you are facing prostitution-related charges, there are numerous defenses that could potentially be used for your case. The prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you intended to engage in the prostitution-related act, whether you were pandering, soliciting, or intended to perform a sex act for money or property.
In many cases, solicitation charges are the fruits of an undercover operation where a police officer is posing as a prostitute. Although law enforcement officers are allowed to conduct these operations, they are not allowed to convince others to commit a crime, which is known as entrapment. If you were entrapped and an officer approached you to ask if you were interested in paying for a sex act, this is a solid defense against the charges you are facing.
If you are facing prostitution charges, the legal team at Steven Titus & Associates, P.C. could provide the aggressive representation you need to protect your future. Call a Gillette sex crime defense attorney today at (307) 257-7800 to schedule a consultation. We offer a free case strategy session for all cases!
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