Although it comes as a surprise to many people, "hooking" or prostitution really is illegal in Las Vegas. Only a few counties in rural Nevada have licensed brothels, and Clark County is not one of them. If law enforcement suspects a person of trading or offering to trade any type of sexual favor for money or any other item of value, both the alleged prostitute and alleged customer may be arrested for solicitation. That's right, even if you are the "John" you could be charged and convicted.
If you were charged with a prostitution, or solicitation-related crime, it is important to work with an experienced Las Vegas prostitution attorney. I am Mace J. Yampolsky, a sex crimes defense lawyer with more than 30 years of experience defending clients throughout Nevada. Holding Martindale-Hubbell's highest rating, AV Preeminent*, I am also certified as a Criminal Specialist by the State Bar of Nevada.
Defending Against Las Vegas Prostitution Charges
Prostitution and solicitation are misdemeanors, punishable by up to six months in jail and $1,000 in fines. Depending on the facts of the case, defenses against such charges may include:
- Police entrapment
- Lack of sufficient evidence
- Lack of intent
In many cases, I can get the case dismissed or the charges reduced in exchange for my client attending educational classes. I also help clients avoid the embarrassment of this charge by helping them hide their criminal records from public view. To learn more, visit my page on record sealing.
Call A Criminal Defense Lawyer For A Free Consultation
If you are facing prostitution charges in Las Vegas or elsewhere in Nevada, contact Mace J. Yampolsky & Associates for a free and straightforward case assessment. Simply call 702-706-0895 or send me an email. Weekend appointments are available by request, and I can be reached 24/7 in emergencies.
*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.