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Prostitution & Soliciting

To be charged with prostitution, you must have allegedly done any of the following:

  • Engaged in sex for hire
  • Doing the same as above, but after testing positive for HIV

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:

  • Beckoned, stopped or attempted to stop the person
  • Talked or tried to talk with the person
  • Stopped or attempted to stop whoever’s driving or approached a stopped vehicle
  • Tried to get the person to enter your vehicle
  • Blocked the person’s path

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:

  • Maintaining your current employment
  • Licensure issues in some professions
  • Difficulty getting a good job in the future
  • Difficulty and possible denial in immigration and naturalization proceedings

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.

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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 advice@columbuscriminalattorney.com.

Prostitution

This is a misdemeanor of the third degree and carries the following penalties:
  • A jail sentence of up to 60 days
    • In its place, your judge may sentence you to probation or other community control punishments
  • At most, a fine of $500
This is a felony of the third degree and carries the following penalties:
  • A prison term of nine months to three years
  • A fine of $5,000 to $10,000
This is a felony of the second degree and carries the following penalties:
  • A prison term of two to eight years
  • A fine of $7,500 to $15,000

Loitering to engage in solicitation

This is a misdemeanor of the third degree and carries the following penalties:
  • A jail sentence of up to 60 days
    • In its place, your judge may sentence you to probation or other community control punishments
  • At most, a fine of $500
This is a felony of the fifth degree and carries the following penalties:
  • A prison term of six months to one year
    • In its place, your judge may sentence you to probation or other community control punishments
  • At most, a fine of $2,500
This is a felony of the fourth degree and carries the following penalties:
  • A prison term of six to 18 months
    • In its place, your judge may sentence you to probation or other community control punishments
  • At most, a fine of $5,000
Have a question we didn’t answer below? Feel free to email us or call us and we’ll help you out.

No, you would not have to, unless:
  • The prostitute was a minor, regardless of whether or not you knew
  • You believed the prostitute was a minor, regardless of whether or not they really were

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