Mr. Barkemeyer is an attorney who provides legal defense representation to those charged with Soliciting for Prostitutes in Baton Rouge and other areas of Louisiana. Soliciting for prostitutes is a misdemeanor in Louisiana. It is punishable up to six months in parish jail. This is a charge that can negatively impact a person's record, denying them of future employment opportunites. It is important that this charge is effectively handled to protect the defendant's record. See the statute below.
Soliciting for prostitutes is the soliciting, inviting, inducing, directing or transporting a person to any place with the intention of promoting prostitution. Whoever commits the crime of soliciting for prostitutes shall be fined not more than five hundred dollars, imprisoned for not more than six months, or both.
Prostitution is a very common occurrence in bigger cities with more crime than small towns. It is usually accompanied by other illegal activities like drugs, public intoxication, and sometimes even theft or assault. All of these activities commonly happen in the Baton Rouge area of Louisiana and carry a lot of legal penalties that will severely hurt your future if you were to be criminally charged. However, not only is prostitution illegal, but the solicitation of prostitution is also illegal in the United States including Louisiana. In fact, solicitation of prostitution charges sometimes carries even heavier penalties and will land you in further criminal trouble. If you have been caught and charged with solicitation of prostitution in Baton Rouge, it is very important that you get legal assistance immediately to help with your criminal case. Because the penalties are so stringent, it is imperative to start building a defense case to fight for your freedom in court. Carl Barkemeyer, criminal defense attorney has been working on and defending solicitation of prostitution cases for many years in the Baton Rouge area and has extensive experience with the state laws surrounding prostitution. Mr. Barkemeyer can aid you in supporting your defense case with evidence and reasoning to potentially attain a more ideal outcome for you and your loved ones. Solicitation of prostitution is a very serious crime in Louisiana and much assistance is needed to help fight the criminal charges on your behalf.
In general, solicitation of prostitution can relate to a lot of different activities that all revolve around prostitution as the base. In the most simplified terms, solicitation of prostitution is the act of directing or “selling” prostitutes to perform sexual activities for compensation. The distinction between regular prostitution is the idea that you are in fact doing or controlling the transaction of the prostitution and are in a sense running the “business”. Because you are in control, it most likely will bring stricter penalties if you are charged of the crime. The exact definition of solicitation is provided under Louisiana state law as:
- The soliciting, inviting, inducing, directing, or transporting a person to any place with the intention of promoting prostitution
This includes a few different variations of the word “soliciting” to help encompass all acts that are considered part of the transaction of prostitution. Because of these variations, some examples of a solicitation charge could include transporting someone to take part in prostitution activities, or inviting someone to take part in prostitution activities. It is important to understand exactly why you are being charged with solicitation of prostitution and for which variation you are facing the charges. Different defense cases could be constructed depending on which activity of solicitation you took part in to be charged.
Solicitation of prostitution charges have very severe penalties that should not be taken lightly. They also have quite a few different levels that get more severe as the crime gets more serious. The most severe penalty is $75,000 in fines or 50 years in prison with hard labor. These penalties with drastically affect your future and negatively impact your quality of life and the quality of life of those around you. Because of these reasons, it is important to seek assistance immediately after being charged with solicitation of prostitution. Under Louisiana state law, the punishment for solicitation of prostitution is as follows:
1. Whoever commits the crime of soliciting for prostitutes shall be fined not more than five hundred dollars, imprisoned for not more than six months, or both.
2. Whoever commits the crime of soliciting for prostitutes when the person being solicited is under the age of eighteen years shall be fined not more than fifty thousand dollars, imprisoned at hard labor for not less than fifteen years nor more than fifty years, or both.
3. Whoever commits the crime of soliciting for prostitutes when the person being solicited is under the age of fourteen years shall be fined not more than seventy-five thousand dollars, imprisoned at hard labor for not less than twenty-five years nor more than fifty years, or both.
There is also an added punishment for solicitation of prostitution that states the property or money gained from participating in solicitation will be returned to the government and sold at public auction with the monetary proceeds going into the state government.
Prostitution is a difficult reality that occurs in almost every large city across the world and Baton Rouge is not immune to it. It usually brings other illegal activities along with it like drugs, intoxication, and some even more serious like theft or burglary. Solicitation of prostitution is a very serious offense because it is the business behind prostitution that keeps it moving along, therefore it needs to be punished heavily so that prostitution can be stopped at the root. The penalties for being charged with solicitation of prostitution are very serious and can detrimentally hurt your future as well as future opportunities like employment or school. If you have been charged with solicitation of prostitution in Baton Rouge, it is extremely imperative that you seek legal assistance immediately to start to defend yourself against the charges in court. Carl Barkemeyer, criminal defense attorney in Baton Rouge can aid you in building a defense case based on your charges and situation that can potentially increase your chances of a reduced sentence or acquittal of charges. Mr. Barkemeyer is highly experienced and knowledgeable when it comes to Louisiana state prostitution laws and is here to help when you need it. Contact us at (225) 964-6720 immediately for legal help if you are facing solicitation of prostitution charges in Louisiana.