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Is it a crime to solicit a prostitute in Virginia?

Most American adults are aware that prostitution (sex for money) is a crime. But what about the man or woman who solicits (seeks out) the prostitute? In Virginia, “solicitation for prostitution” is a crime, defined under Section 18.2-346.B. If you have been charged or accused of this crime or any other, take the situation seriously and contact your local Virginia Beach Criminal Lawyer.

In Virginia, the law against solicitation of prostitution contains three elements. This means that the state (the prosecution) must prove the defendant did three things, or that three things are true. First, the government must be able to prove that the defendant offered money or something of value. Second, the purpose of offering the money or item of value must be in exchange for a sexual act (The sexual act is defined in section 18.2-346.A). Third, the accused person must have committed a “substantial act in furtherance thereof.” This third element may seem confusing to persons not acquainted with the criminal justice system; however, it refers to an action related to the first two elements. If you have been charged or want further guidance as to the laws of Virginia, contact your local Virginia Beach Criminal Lawyer.


What Makes Solicitation for Prostitution Different from Other Solicitation Crimes?

In Virginia, solicitation for prostitution includes the element of a “substantial act in furtherance.” This is similar to an “attempt” element. This is significant in that most other solicitation crimes do not include this element. If you have been charged with solicitation of a prostitute, or solicitation of any other act that is illegal, you may find that a local Virginia Beach Lawyer is willing to hear your side of the story. Often, experienced attorneys will offer a consultation. This is important because some people are shy or timid to express their version of the facts, especially when the charged crime is serious in nature. But by taking a charge or allegation seriously and consulting a professional attorney, you may be able to set the record straight and protect your reputation, liberty, and financial integrity if you are actually innocent.