DC Solicitation of Prostitution

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Solicitation of Prostitution in DC

§ 22–2701. Engaging in prostitution or soliciting for prostitution under the D.C. Code:

(a) It is unlawful for any person to engage in prostitution or to solicit for prostitution.

(b) (1) Except as provided in paragraph (2) of this subsection, a person convicted of prostitution or soliciting for prostitution shall be:

(A) Fined not more than the amount set forth in § 22‑3571.01, imprisoned for not more than 90 days, or both, for the first offense; and

(B) Fined not more than the amount set forth in § 22‑3571.01, imprisoned not more than 180 days, or both, for the second offense.

(2) A person convicted of prostitution or soliciting for prostitution who has 2 or more prior convictions for prostitution or soliciting for prostitution, not committed on the same occasion, shall be fined not more than the amount set forth in § 22‑3571.01, imprisoned for not more than 2 years, or both.

(c) For the purposes of this section, a person shall be considered as having 2 or more prior convictions for prostitution or soliciting for prostitution if he or she has been convicted on at least 2 occasions of violations of:

(1) This section;

(2) A statute in one or more other jurisdictions prohibiting prostitution or soliciting for prostitution; or

(3) Conduct that would constitute a violation of this section if committed in the District of Columbia.

Elements of the Offense

It is unlawful for anyone in Washington, D.C. to engage in prostitution or to solicit for prostitution.  “Prostitution” means a sexual act or contact with another person in return for giving or receiving a fee.  According to this definition, both the person offering the services and the person receiving the services could be convicted of the offense.  “Soliciting for prostitution” is defined as inviting, enticing, offering, persuading, or agreeing to engage in prostitution.

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Penalties for Solicitation of Prostitution in DC

The penalty for prostitution in the District of Columbia is a fine of $500 and/or not more than 90 days imprisonment for the first offense; a fine of $750 and/or up to 135 days imprisonment for a second offense; and a fine of $1000 and/or not more than 180 days for a third and each subsequent offense.  The court may “suspend” the sentence (that is, order probation in lieu of incarceration) for a conviction of prostitution.  It may also order the person to stay away from the area in which the offense occurred, submit to medical and mental health treatment or fulfill any other conditions the court may impose.  D.C. Criminal Code 22-2701.  D.C. Criminal Code 22-2701.1.  D.C. Criminal Code 22-2703.

DC Prostitution Free Zones

In the District of Columbia the DC Metropolitan Police Department has created or “marked” out areas which are called “Prostitution Free Zones”. In these zones, designated in specific areas of Washington, DC at specific times, it becomes unlawful for a “group of two or more persons to congregate on public space…for the purpose of engaging in prostitution or prostitution-related offenses.” If anyone is found to be  in violation of these rules, a DC police officer will typically issue a warning and order to disperse before making an arrest. Penalties for violating such a zone include a potential $300 fine and a 180-day jail sentence.

Plea Agreements or Diversion Programs for Solicitation of Prostitution Defendants.

First-time offenders may be eligible to participate in a “diversion” program in which the charges are dismissed after the defendant successfully completes an agreed-upon set of conditions.  An experienced DC prostitution lawyer can negotiate with the AUSA’s (Assistant US Attorney/Prosecutor) office in order to help a defendant receive the best possible diversion or plea offer in relation to a charge for a Solicitation offense.  Defendants usually are eligible to participate in a Deferred Sentencing Agreement (DSA). where, the defendant is required to plead guilty to the offense in order to participate.  The court refrains from entering the guilty plea and sentencing the defendant over a six-month period.  If the defendant successfully completes the terms of the DSA, the court allows the defendant to withdraw the guilty plea and the prosecution dismisses the charges.

Other Prostitution-Related Offenses/Penalties

It is illegal to abduct or entice a child under the age of 18 years old, or to harbor a child, for the purposes of engaging in prostitution.  The penalty for a conviction of this offense is a maximum fine of $20,000 and/or up to 20 years imprisonment.   D.C. Criminal Code 22-2704.

It is against the law to to pander (that is, to recruit a prostitute or to solicit customers for a prostitute) or to induce or compel a person to engage in prostitution.  It is also illegal to operate a house of prostitution.  Property used in the course of prostitution can be subject to seizure and forfeiture.  Vehicles can be impounded.  D.C. Criminal Code 22-2705.  D.C. Criminal Code 22-2706.  D.C. Criminal Code 22-2707.  D.C. Criminal Code 22-2710.  D.C. Criminal Code 22-2711.  D.C. Criminal Code 22-2712.  D.C. Criminal Code 22-2723.  D.C. Criminal Code 22-2724.

If you find yourself facing charges of Solicitation of Prostitution in DC Superior Court, then it is imperative that you speak to a DC attorney that is experienced in representing defendants charged with Solicitation of Prostitution offense in the District of Columbia who can navigate all of the options available to defendants.

The attorneys at  Ervin Kibria PLLC have significant experience with Solicitation of Prostitution charges in DC and can promises to try to resolve the matter as quickly and as discreetly as possible.

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