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To be charged with prostitution, you must have allegedly done any of the following:
To be charged with soliciting a prostitute (loitering to engage in solicitation; solicitation after positive HIV test), you must have allegedly tried to get someone to have sex with you for money, while in or near a public place, in any of the following ways:
Nearly every day in central Ohio people are charged with prostitution or soliciting. Depending on the severity of the allegations, prostitution or soliciting charges can range from a third degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to 60 days in jail to a second degree felony punishable by up to 8 years in prison.
If you are convicted of prostitution or soliciting, additional potential issues include:
Simply put, if you are convicted of prostitution or soliciting, it can potentially be on your criminal background for the rest of your life. No matter what the circumstances were in your case, you run the risk of being considered someone who either sold yourself or paid for sex. Therefore, it is critical that you give your prostitution or soliciting charge the level of importance it deserves.
The Columbus Criminal Defense team takes an aggressive and comprehensive approach when representing clients charged with prostitution or soliciting. First and foremost, we will figure out what mistakes the police or detectives made during their investigation, whether your arrest was lawful and any other legal issues that can be raised on your behalf.
We do this by requesting discovery from the prosecutor. The discovery will generally consist of police reports, additional investigative notes, witness statements and potentially video or audio. As our client, you will receive a copy of everything received from the prosecutor for your review
Based on the legal weaknesses in the State of Ohio’s case and any other mitigating factors, we will negotiate the best possible plea available with the prosecutor for you to consider in resolving your case.
If your case cannot be resolved satisfactorily with a plea, it would then proceed to a motion hearing (a hearing where the judge issues a ruling on an evidentiary issue) or a trial to the judge or jury, depending on the circumstances.
For nearly ten years, the Columbus Criminal Defense team has successfully represented clients charged with prostitution or soliciting. That extensive previous experience will enable us to better help you.
If you’ve been charged with either of these offenses, it’s important to know what you’re up against. If you have any questions left unanswered by this page, or if you need a competent, experienced criminal defense attorney to fight for you in court, please contact us at or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.