South Carolina Prostitution and Solicitation
If you find yourself charged with prostitution and/or solicitation charges in South Carolina, you are probably well-aware of how complicated an issue it is legally. You may have been giving a woman a ride, only to find out after you have handcuffs slapped on you, that she’s a prostitute. We can help examine the legal questions and offer an entrapment defense, if applicable.
Entrapment means that you, the defendant, weren’t likely to actually prostitute yourself or solicit sex from a sex worker, but the manner that an undercover officer expressly requested or offered engaged you in the act.
Prostitution Loitering Defined
When an officer of the law arrests a person for loitering or soliciting sexual services with the end goal being engaging in prostitution (having sex or performing sexual acts in exchange for money), the law enforcement officer looks at many telltale signs to prove that the person under arrest was intending to break the law and commit a criminal act. These factors include:
- Possession of condoms
- Possession of a large amount of cash/types of bills
- Possession of multiple cell phones
- Possession of a ‘client list’
- Location (being in an area where prostitutes are known to gather)
- Manner of dress (or undress)
- Suspicious activity (loitering, approaching cars, etc.)
If you’ve been arrested and charged with solicitation or prostitution, the charges are usually misdemeanors. If you have prior convictions however, you may be looking at a felony charge. Because these crimes and charges are so delicate, it requires a knowledgeable and experienced attorney to provide you with the most favorable outcome. Your personal life and your future are at stake–you don’t want your name to be damaged, your reputation to sour, and your person to be tied to “sex scandal.” If you’ve been arrested and charged with soliciting prostitution, please call a criminal defense attorney at Strom Law Firm today! We can give you a free consultation and figure out the right way to proceed.