Prostitution Attorney Portland, OR
Does prostitution make you think of Pretty Woman? Hollywood has definitely romanticized it. But there’s nothing glamorous about having to hire a Portland prostitution attorney to avoid a Class A misdemeanor. (Or a felony, if you’re organizing it.)
So what actually constitutes prostitution? First, it is not (just) sex! Offering or agreeing to pay for sex also counts in the eyes of the law. You can get convicted of prostitution without ever touching the other person. Just asking someone what s/he charges is enough for some cops. Portland is notoriously tough on these cases.
A few years ago, one Portland woman was arrested for prostitution just because she was wearing high heels, a miniskirt, and glancing over her shoulder. Thankfully, her Portland prostitution attorney got her case thrown out. But conservative clothing might not even help if you’re walking along Sandy or SE 82nd. On the latter street, police handcuffed a female teacher wearing a hoodie because they thought she was a prostitute. Again, a prostitution attorney in Portland, OR got the ridiculous charges dismissed.
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Prostitution Charges to Know
Here are the main prostitution-related charges in Portland, OR, from least to most serious:
Prostitution: Getting paid for sex or sexual contact (touching) — or simply offering or agreeing to do so (ORS 167.007). Beware if a police decoy gets in your car and asks, “What do you want?” Any response even suggesting sexual contact for money can get you arrested.
Patronizing a prostitute: Paying, offering, or agreeing to pay someone for sex or sexual touching (ORS 167.008).
Unlawful prostitution procurement activities: Doing something that could lead to prostitution. Slowing down, circling the block, whistling, winking, smiling, even simple eye contact can be the basis for an arrest. Sometimes police charge this as attempted prostitution. It also applies to pedestrians who cops think are beckoning, contacting, or attempting to stop other pedestrians or drivers.
Either way, it takes almost nothing to provide the “probable cause” for the police to make an arrest, especially in a “high-vice” area where prostitution is known to occur. Prostitution procurement activities are illegal in Portland, but not the rest of Oregon.
Promoting prostitution: Owning, managing, or supervising a brothel or other place prostitution occurs, aka pimping or pandering. It also includes recruiting a prostitute. This is a Class C felony (ORS 167.012).
Compelling prostitution: This involves threatening or pressuring someone to be a prostitute, or working with a prostitute under 18 years old. Portland takes this very seriously. It is a Class B felony (ORS 167.017).
Common Misunderstandings About Prostitution
As a prostitution attorney in Portland, OR, I often have to correct wrong assumptions about the crime. Here are two common misunderstandings:
Prostitution Is a Victimless Crime
Wrong. Pimps and recruiters routinely beat, rape, and victimize children from broken and dysfunctional families to force them into working the street. Curbside sex acts victimize residential and commercial neighborhoods alike. Pimps and prostitutes even victimize johns, or customers, when the promise of sex is just a trap to set up a robbery that the john will never report out of shame.
In a recent study, female prostitutes reported some appalling statistics. 82% said a john or pimp physically assaulted them. 83% were physically threatened with a weapon. 68% were raped after entering prostitution, and 48% were raped more than five times. The truth is, unregulated, street prostitution is littered with victims in every direction.
If I’m Caught, I’ll Just Pay a Fine
Wrong. If it’s your first offense, a prostitution attorney in Portland, OR could help you get your case dismissed in exchange for attending an 8-hour $1,000 class. If it’s not your first offense, a prostitution conviction will go on your record as a Class A misdemeanor, which will not be expungeable for at least three years. Either way, talk to a prostitution attorney, Portland residents.
Whether you’ve been arrested for any of the above situations or your case is completely different, don’t wait to call Adam Greenman Law, the top prostitution attorney in Portland, OR. The consultation is free and 100% confidential.