While Nevada is known for its relaxed laws regarding
prostitution, the act of exchanging sexual favors for some form of payment is still
illegal outside of licensed brothels located in only eight counties in
the state. In addition to selling sex, soliciting or seeking to purchase
sexual favors from a prostitute, is also a misdemeanor crime in Nevada.
No sexual act needs to actually be carried out in order for a person to
be charged with solicitation. Simply agreeing or offering to pay for sex
is enough to support a solicitation charge.
A conviction of solicitation can carry the following penalties:
- Up to six months in jail
- Fines up to $1,000
- Community service
Soliciting a prostitution from a minor under age 18 can increase these
charges to felony status and carry up to four years in prison, as well
as up to $5,000. Conviction of felony solicitation can also result in
mandatory registration as a sex offender, which can place numerous restrictions
on where a person may live and work. In some cases, a person may be required
to register for the rest of their life.
Defenses Against Solicitation Charges
A number of different strategies may be used to defend against charges
of solicitation. Possible defenses include the following:
1. Absence of agreement: The defense may argue that while a defendant may have been discussing
a possible sexual encounter, the encounter was not contingent on the exchange
2. Flirtation: The defendant and the alleged prostitute’s communication may have
been innocent flirting without sexual intent.
3. Entrapment: The police may not engineer a crime in order to catch a person in the
act. Individuals who are illegally coaxed by undercover police into purchasing
sex from a prostitute cannot be convicted.
Facing Charges? Call (702) 866-9864
If you have been charged with solicitation, our skilled
Las Vegas criminal defense lawyer can defend you against the prosecution’s claims and fight to protect
your freedom. Having dedicated 100% of our firm’s resources to criminal
defense, we have what it takes to get your through this difficult time
with your future and reputation intact.
Schedule a no-cost case evaluation today to find out more about how we can help.