Solicitation, or prostitution crimes, in Missouri are covered under Missouri Statute Chapter 567 and include prostitution, patronizing prostitution, and promoting prostitution. Conviction of one of these crimes can create tremendous hardship in both your personal and professional life. Speak with the experienced attorneys at the KC Defense Counsel to help protect your future and reputation.
Prostitution is Illegal in Missouri
Nevada is the only state in the United States where some form of prostitution is legal. Even where it is legal it is only allowed in regulated brothels; street prostitution is illegal in Nevada as in the rest of the country. In Missouri, any type of prostitution is against the law and will be aggressively prosecuted and the offender, punished.
If you were charged with prostitution, you’re faced with a Class B misdemeanor which can mean jail time. In fact, a Class B misdemeanor can include jail time of six months as well as a $1000 fine.
Patronizing prostitution, or giving something of value to another person, with the understanding that person will engage in sexual conduct, is also a Class B misdemeanor. However, if the individual solicited was between fourteen and eighteen years old, the crime becomes a felony. If the individual was fourteen years old or younger, you face Class D felony charges and punishment which includes prison time up to seven years and fines up to $10,000. In addition to a patronizing prostitution charge, you may also face statutory rape charges depending on the age of the victim. Statutory rape can either be in the first or second degree, however, both are felony charges.
Promoting prostitution is the act of compelling a person to enter into, or remain in, prostitution. The most serious of the prostitution crimes, promoting prostitution in the first degree is punishable as a Class B felony, or five to fifteen years in prison.
You Can be Charged with Prostitution Through an Undercover Police Officer
You can be arrested and charged with prostitution or patronizing prostitution through an undercover police officer in what is called a “sting operation.” Once the officer has probable cause, he or she will then make an arrest and you can be charged.
Take Control of Your Future and Reputation
Your future and reputation are at stake any time you are convicted of a crime. Despite the fact that prostitution and patronizing prostitution crimes are misdemeanors, a conviction will be on your record. These crimes also carry the additional stigma as a crime of moral turpitude and can be extremely embarrassing and have an impact on your life, both personally and professionally. Criminal defense attorneys at the KC Defense Counsel can help you take control of your future and your reputation and help present your defense or attempt to negotiate a plea bargain for reduced charges and penalties.