Being accused of working in “the oldest profession” can quickly lead to criminal charges for an individual. If a person is convicted on prostitution charges, they can face harm to their reputation, fines, jail time and other serious consequences.
Today, we will discuss some of the basics of prostitution charges here in North Carolina.
In North Carolina, a person commits the crime of prostitution when they engage in sex acts in exchange for payment.
One of the things that can be a major issue in cases involving prostitution charges is whether there was any payment involved. Thus, evidence involving the issue of payment can have significant impacts in such cases. An important thing to note is that money is not the only thing that can constitute payment, so too can favors, gifts and other compensation.
What specific criminal penalties a person can be given if convicted on prostitution charges is influenced by multiple factors, including what the person’s criminal history is and what type of sex act the purported prostitution involved.
There is one class of individuals that is immune from being prosecuted on prostitution charges: minors. Being brought into protective custody is what happens to minors who authorities have found to have engaged in prostitution.
Individuals who have had prostitution charges brought against them may feel like their life, as they know it, is essentially over, that their reputation will be forever tarnished and that there is no hope of a positive outcome. However, it is possible to fight prostitution charges and there are actions defendants can take to try to protect their reputation, interests and rights. Experienced defense attorneys can help point out what specific defense options a prostitution defendant has based on their individual circumstances.
Source: FindLaw, “North Carolina Prostitution and Solicitation Laws,” Accessed Sept. 11, 2014