Prostitution and Pandering
Las Vegas has a reputation as a place where you can relax, enjoy life, and party until the sun comes up. Unfortunately, there are also a lot of false impressions about the city—including the false idea that prostitution is legal in Las Vegas. This confusion leads to quite a few arrests on prostitution and pandering charges, some legitimate but some mistaken. Whatever the circumstances that led to it, if you’re in trouble related to prostitution, you need the assistance of the experienced criminal defense attorneys at Weiner Law Group right.
Most people can define prostitution (NRS 201.295) fairly well: it’s the idea of trading sex for money or other rewards. In Nevada, the definition extends to trying or offering to do that, even if sexual activity never takes place. Because of this broad definition, people can get arrested as a result of a conversation, suspicious action, or joke that a police officer observes. Solicitation is the act of asking for prostitution; again, no sexual activity needs to be proven in order for a prosecutor to win a conviction. Rather than trust yourself to explain away the situation to a judge, put your case in the hands of the Weiner Law Group. We won’t let an officer’s imagination put a conviction for prostitution or solicitation on your criminal record.
Pandering (NRS 201.300), or “pimping,” is a charge that most people never expect to face. Again, though, the atmosphere in Las Vegas leads police officers to make assumptions about what they see that sometimes do not match reality. A pandering accusation is nothing to take lightly; the penalties are severe and the long-term effect of such a record is devastating. With years of experience in Nevada courts, we have learned how to oppose faulty evidence and testimony, keeping your rights and your freedom intact even when it looks like a conviction is inevitable.
One of the main methods police use to fight prostitution is the sting operation. By pretending to be prostitutes or potential customers, officers wait for a person to say or do something to incriminate himself, then place him under arrest. If this has happened to you, don’t lose hope yet. A defense lawyer can often show that the officer involved did or said something to entice you to do something wrong. This is a violation of your rights, known as “entrapment,” and requires the dismissal of your case.
Don’t lose hope and plead guilty to a sex crime, call 702-202-0500 or fill out our contact form instead.