Many women have encountered a snide comment or two about their choice in attire for a night out with friends. Perhaps you have heard someone say “she looks like a hooker in that skirt” or perhaps you have chosen a dress that is just a little too tight, boots that are just a tad too high, or a top that is just a smidge too low. However, all in all, choosing an outfit that is not deemed ‘appropriate’ will not harm anyone. You are not breaking the law by dressing a certain way, unless you are mistaken for a prostitute.
A Case of Mistaken Identity
You may be surprised how often this can happen, especially after a late night out. If you are walking home from a club dressed to kill and a police officer arrests you under suspicion of prostitution, it is imperative that you contact an attorney right away. The last thing you need is an arrest like this on your permanent record.
A police officer can arrest you if they believe that you are loitering with the intent to prostitute. They may ask to check your bags, and if they find sexual paraphernalia (such as condoms and sex toys), they could arrest you. They may find an address book with several male contact numbers and assume the worst. Of course, there are many instances where you may be carrying these items – wearing a short skirt and carrying condoms in your bag does not mean you are loitering with the intent to prostitute – you need to fight back against these allegations. However, if you are approached by a police officer, remain polite and try to explain the situation. If they refuse to believe you, let them do their job and contact a lawyer right away for help. People make mistakes, even police officers. However, to ensure their mistake doesn’t turn into your nightmare, you need to stay in control.
Prostitution and Soliciting
In most instances, prostitution is considered a misdemeanor offense, which means you could face up to $1,000 in fines and/or 30 days in prison. However, the social stigma of this arrest can cost you a lot more than this.
Other sexual criminal activity, such as pandering, soliciting, and indecent exposure can also end up on your permanent record. Police officers are cracking down on criminal sexual activity, and many police officers are going under cover as potential “clients.” Furthermore, female police officers may also pose as prostitutes in an attempt to catch the clients. If you are caught in the act by an undercover police officer, there are still options for defense.
Minneapolis Prostitution Lawyer
Prostitution is not a joking matter. A conviction like this could negatively impact your ability to find decent work in the future. Don’t let something like this affect the rest of your life. If you or someone you love is facing a criminal conviction, then now is the time to step up and fight back. Contact Anoka criminal lawyer Michael Brandt at 763-421-6366 for a free, no obligation consultation.