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Phoenix Prostitution Defense LawyerBeing arrested and charged with prostitution in the state of Arizona can be an embarrassing and frightening experience. However, if this nightmare scenario has recently happened to you, it is important to remember that you do not have to roll over and wait to be convicted.

With the help of an experienced Phoenix prostitution defense lawyer, like Craig Orent, you can fight back against the state’s accusations and attempt to clear your name.

How Orent Law Offices, PLC Can Help You Fight Back Against Your Prostitution Charge

At the Orent Law Offices, PLC, we are committed to standing up on behalf of Arizona residents who are facing criminal charges. Our team is made up of founding attorney Craig Orent plus some of the top criminal defense lawyers in Phoenix. When you ask us to help you fight back against your prostitution charge, we will:

Protect Your Constitutional Rights

When investigating and arresting you on suspicion of committing a sex crime (including prostitution), the state of Arizona and its representatives must respect your constitutional rights at all times. Unfortunately, it is not unusual for overeager prosecutors to step over the line in a bid to improve their odds of landing a conviction.

When you hire attorney Craig Orent, he will keep a watchful eye out for rights violations throughout your case. If one should occur, he will intervene immediately.

Guide You Through the Criminal Justice System

If you have never been arrested before, you may not know what to expect as you work your way through the Arizona criminal justice system – and neither the police nor the prosecuting attorney is required to provide you with any explanations.

Fortunately, when you work with Craig Orent and the team here at the Orent Law Offices, PLC, you won’t need to figure the system out on your own. We will be by your side every step of the way to provide you with the support and guidance you need to make it through your case.

Negotiate a Plea Bargain with the Prosecuting Attorney

Once you have been booked on a prostitution charge, the prosecutor attorney may reach out to offer you a reduced sentence in exchange for a quick admission of guilt. This process is known as plea bargaining.

Of course, before you sign on to a plea bargain agreement, it is almost always wise to first spend some time negotiating its terms. Attorney Craig Orent will be more than happy to do just that on your behalf.

Represent You in Court

Should the prosecuting attorney be unwilling to offer reasonable plea bargain terms, your prostitution case is likely to end up in court. If you would like your trial to run smoothly, you will need to have an experienced lawyer by your side throughout the process.

Attorney Craig Orent has been arguing prostitution, domestic violence, and DUI cases in courtrooms throughout Arizona for many years. He has the experience you need to ensure that you receive a fair and unbiased trial.

Are you ready to hire attorney Craig Orent to help you fight back against the accusations of the state of Arizona? If so, please reach out and arrange a free consultation at our Phoenix headquarters as soon as possible.

Understanding Arizona’s Prostitution Laws

The Arizona Revised Statutes contains several entries that regulate and outlaw the practice of engaging in sexual activity for payment in the Grand Canyon State. State and local law enforcement officers frequently arrest Phoenix residents for offenses, such as:

Prostitution

Sections 13-3211 and 13-3214 of the Arizona Revised Code state that it is unlawful for an individual to knowingly engage in sexual conduct with another person in exchange for money or other valuable consideration. People who violate these statutes are guilty of prostitution.

In most cases, the state of Arizona classifies prostitution as a class 1 misdemeanor. However, for individuals who have been convicted of this offense on three or more occasions, it can be upgraded to a class 5 felony.

Child Prostitution

The practice of engaging in or profiting from prostitution involving a minor are outlawed by sections 13-3206 and 13-3212 of the Arizona Revised Code. Under these statutes, a person may be found guilty of a child prostitution offense if they:

  • Pay to engage in sexual activity with someone who is younger than 18 years of age (a minor)
  • Transport a minor for the purpose of engaging in sexual activity for pay
  • Receive proceeds from the prostitution of a minor
  • Fund the prostitution of a minor
  • Take or otherwise procure a minor for the purpose of engaging in sexual activity for pay

Violations of Arizona’s child prostitution laws are typically punishable as class 6, class 4, or class 2 felonies. The specific felony level is generally determined by the nature of the offense and the age of the minor.

Pimping and Pandering

Sections 13-3202 to 13-3205 and 13-3207 to 13-3210 of the Arizona Revised Code outlaw the practice of facilitating, promoting, or profiting from prostitution. Under these statutes, an individual may be arrested and charged with a pimping or pandering offense if they:

  • Receive a portion of a prostitute’s earnings
  • Transport a person for the purpose of engaging in sexual activity for pay
  • Compel a person to engage in sexual activity for pay
  • Entice a person to engage in sexual activity for pay
  • Fraudulently procure a person to engage in sexual activity for pay
  • Operate a house of prostitution
  • Place a person in a house of prostitution
  • Receive compensation for placing a person in a house of prostitution
  • Detain a person in a house of prostitution for the purposes of recovering a debt

In Arizona, the vast majority of pimping and pandering offenses are classified as class 5 felonies.

Have you been accused of a crime like prostitution or pimping and pandering in the Greater Phoenix area? If so, please do not hesitate to call the Orent Law Offices, PLC, to schedule a free consultation with attorney Craig Orent. He has years of experience representing clients throughout Maricopa County, and he is ready to fight for you.

Penalties for Arizona Prostitution Convictions

The Arizona Revised Code sets out the following mandatory jail sentences for people who are convicted of prostitution in the Grand Canyon State:

  • First prostitution conviction: 15 days in county jail
  • Second prostitution conviction: 30 days in county jail
  • Third prostitution conviction: 60 days in county jail
  • Fourth and subsequent prostitution convictions: 180 days in county jail

Individuals who are convicted of a child prostitution or pimping and pandering offense are generally penalized in accordance with the following guidelines:

  • Class 6 Felonies: 12 months in state prison
  • Class 5 Felonies: 24 months in state prison
  • Class 4 Felonies: 30 months in state prison
  • Class 3 Felonies: 42 months in state prison
  • Class 2 Felonies: 60 months in state prison

Convicted felons in the Grand Canyon State can also face fines of up to $150,000 – in accordance with section 13-801 of the Arizona Revised Code.

Phoenix criminal defense attorney Craig Orent understands how frightening the penalties for prostitution convictions in Arizona can be. That is why he fights so hard to help his clients avoid them. If you would like to have him stand up for you, please contact the Orent Law Offices, PLC, today.

Defenses Against Prostitution Charges in Arizona

When facing criminal charges for offenses like prostitution, Arizona residents often believe that it is just a matter of time before they are convicted and punished. In reality, however, the situation is rarely quite so bleak.

It is often possible to get prostitution charges dropped or reduced with the help one of the following defense strategies:

Lack of Evidence

To convict a defendant of prostitution, prosecutors must prove their guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. If a defense lawyer can successfully argue that the prosecution does not have enough evidence to do so, they may be able to get their client’s case thrown out.

Entrapment

Many prostitution arrests are made during sting operations. If a lawyer can prove that their client only broke the law because they were coaxed into doing so by a law enforcement officer, they might be able to get the charges dropped.

Lack of Consideration

For a prostitution charge to be valid, money or some other form of compensation must change hands. If an attorney can show that all sexual activities were carried out without payment, they should have little trouble getting the case dismissed.

If you have been charged with a crime like prostitution in Phoenix and need an experienced criminal law specialist to help you devise an effective defense strategy, please reach out to the Orent Law Offices, PLC, today. We are always ready, willing, and able to assist.

Your Knowledgeable Prostitution Defense Lawyer in Phoenix, AZ

Attorney Craig Orent and his team here at the Orent Law Offices, PLC, have been helping the people of Phoenix with their criminal cases for many years. During that time, we have gotten countless charges dropped and reduced for our clients. If you would like to have us stand up and defend you against your prostitution charges, all you need to do is give us a call or contact us online.