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Prostitution Charges

Marietta Sex Crime Defense

Defined in O.C.G.A. § 16-6-9 as performing, offering, or consenting to perform a sexual act in exchange for money or other items of value, prostitution is punishable as a misdemeanor with a fine of up to $1,000 and/or a maximum jail sentence of one year. However, other prostitution-related offenses can be considered felonies, such as keeping a place of prostitution (O.C.G.A. § 16-6-10) or pimping (O.C.G.A. § 16-6-11) when one or more of the prostitutes is under the age of 18.

Pimping is simply the act of providing someone as a prostitute. Otherwise, prostitution is usually rendered a misdemeanor sex crime. Felony offenses are punishable by imprisonment in a state prison.

Defense against charges of prostitution require the skilled representation of a Marietta criminal defense attorney. Only a lawyer with extensive knowledge and first-hand experience will be able to investigate your case and provide strong evidence and argumentation on your behalf. At The Merchant Law Firm, all of this will be done with the hopes of obtaining a dismissal or reduction of your charges. In the even that a total dismissal of your case is not possible, we will fight tirelessly to reduce your charges from a felony to a misdemeanor or help you avoid a jail sentence.

There are many defenses against charges of prostitution. You could fight your charges by proving that nothing was offered or accepted in exchange for sexual intercourse, and that the individual was of age and consented to the act.

You could also obtain a reduction of charges from a felony to a misdemeanor by arguing that you did not know and had no way of knowing that the person was under the age of 18. If valid evidence can prove that you had absolutely no way of knowing that they were a minor, the penalties for a conviction could be significantly less serious. These are just a few defenses that could apply to your charges of prostitution or prostitution-related offenses.

Let a Marietta criminal defense lawyer from the Merchant Law Firm represent you!

Our legal team is dedicated to providing aggressive and skilled criminal defense to Marietta residents who have been wrongfully accused. When it comes to sex crimes, we have defended clients against all types of charges ranging from prostitution and public indecency to rape and child molestation. We have a detailed understanding of Georgia law and have practiced extensively at trial, giving us the insight and experience needed to handle your case. Call now for a complimentary consultation with a Marietta sex crime lawyer from our team.

Consult with a Sex Crime Attorney in Marietta

The Merchant Law Firm has been in practice for nearly 20 years and has built a strong track record during that time. We have extensive experience in criminal defense and have handled numerous sex crime cases. Let us fight your charges and help you avoid the penalties involved with a conviction, including jail or prison time, fines, and sex offender registration.

Your initial consultation is absolutely free, so you have nothing to lose by setting up an appointment today. Contact our firm to learn more!

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