A criminal charge of soliciting a prostitute is a difficult and often embarrassing charge. If you find yourself arrested for soliciting sex, you need this problem fixed carefully and discreetly.Criminal Charge in Massachusetts? Call Attorney Russell Matson at (781) 817-6332.
These busts usually happen through online sting operations, or sometimes report of suspicious activity from hotel guests, neighbors, or informants.
Whatever happened, it’s a difficult situation. I understand what you are going through, and I can help you fix this legal problem.
Our firm has represented clients on many extremely sensitive and embarrassing criminal matters.
As your defense attorney, it is my job to represent you and your interests and protect your rights and privacy as much as is possible.
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Fighting a Sex for a Fee Criminal Charge
I will review your case and work to find any possible defenses:
- Can they prove that you absolutely intended to pay for or solicit sex?
- Were you enticed, mislead, or entrapped?
- Or were you simply in the wrong place at the wrong time?
I will also treat you with the utmost courtesy and privacy, and work to dispatch your case as quickly and quietly as is possible, to protect your rights in every way I can.
I will make every possible effort to help you avoid a criminal record, as well as do what we can to make sure your wife, your co-workers, or others don’t find out about this charge.
This law under Section 53A applies to either party in a sex for a fee transaction – either the “John” or the prostitute.
If you agree to engage in sex for a fee, even is no sex occurs, the penalties are:
- Up to 1 year in Jail
- Fines of up to $500
However, if you agree to pay another person to engage in sexual conduct, whether or not sex occurs, the penalties under Sec 53B are:
- Up to 2 1/2 years in Jail
- Fines of $1000-$5000
This is a slightly tougher law aimed at Johns.
Ref Mass Gen. Laws Ch. 272 Sec. 53a
Penalties for Soliciting Prostitution
The penalties for simply soliciting a prostitute, whether or not any sexual activity actually takes place, are less than those for actually engaging in sex for a fee:
- Up to 1 year in Jail
- Fines up to $500
Ref: MGL c.272 §8
Operating a Prostitution Business in Your Home, or Keeping a House of Ill Fame
Police regularly conduct sting operations to try to catch those operating and profiting from a business that provides sexual acts for a fee.
Advertising a home massage business on websites like Backpage, Craigslist, Cityvibe, MyProviderGuide and many others may be considered suspicious and attract undercover police officers to investigate. If you are accused of offering any allegedly illegal sex act during the course of your service, the police will charge that offense.
Deriving Support, Purveying, Sharing Earnings of a Prostitute (AKA “Pimping”)
If you are suspected of conducting a business that profits from prostitution or human trafficking, you will be targeted aggressively by the police. Attorney General Maura Healey is engaging in an aggressive campaign to target businesses like massage parlors and escort service agencies that offer sexual services.
To gain earnings from prostitution is a felony offense under Mass General Laws Chapter 272 Section 7.
To convict you of this offense, the state must prove that you had knowledge that the person was earning money as a prostitute, and you were deriving income or received money from that activity.
The penalties for this charge, if convicted, are:
- Up to 5 years in state prison
- Fines up to $5000
- Minimum penalty of 2 years served
Ref: MGL Ch 272 Sec 7
Human Trafficking and Sexual Servitude
Human trafficking and sexual servitude is the strictest prostitution related crime in the state. Any evidence of coercion, control, dependence, supplying drugs, housing, or other services as part of an operation that provided sex for a fee can lead to this serious felony charge.
Penalties for human trafficking and sexual servitude are:
- five years in prison
- fine of up to $25,000
Ref: MGL Ch 265 Sec 50
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