Prostitution is illegal in Maryland, along with the vast majority of the United States. If you’ve been arrested and accused of a prostitution crime, you may need legal representation. Hiring a criminal defense lawyer could save you jail time, money due to fines and court fees, and the charges applied to your record.
Prostitution Charge in Maryland
What counts as prostitution? According to Maryland law, prostitution refers to offering or providing a sexual act in exchange for money. Sexual acts can include vaginal intercourse, analingus, cunnilingus, fellatio, anal intercourse, penetration of any part of a body, or even any act that includes sexual arousal or gratification. Sadomasochistic or domination acts performed for payment may also be considered prostitution. Nudity is not necessary for a prostitution charge, simply the exchange of money for a sexual act.
Prostitution crimes are considered a misdemeanor in the state of Maryland. There is no statute of limitations for prostitution crimes in Maryland, so prosecution can pursue anyone accused of a prostitution crime regardless of the date when the prostitution act was performed. Those convicted of a prostitution crime may face up to a year in prison as well as a fine of up to $500. One convicted of prostitution may have to register as a sex offender if a minor was involved in the incident (either the prostitute or the victim of prostitution).
Seek a Prostitution Defense Attorney
If you’ve been accused of a prostitution crime, seek lawyer representation right away. A criminal defense attorney can provide protection from unfair or unjust prosecution, unwarranted police badgering, and they may be able to have your charges reduced or dropped completely. Moreover, they’ll prepare and file important court documents and educate you on court proceedings as your court dates approach. A criminal defense attorney may also be able to reduce your sentencing. When you hire a criminal defense lawyer, you’re hiring protection. A criminal defense attorney has your best interests in mind, and they’ll fight for your rights and freedoms.
If you’re facing prostitution charges here in Maryland, get in touch with The Law Offices of G. Randolph Rice, Jr. Our criminal defense attorney Randolph Rice will protect you and represent you as you navigate through court proceedings. Randolph Rice, represents clients in Maryland including citizens accused of prostitution throughout Baltimore County, Dundalk County, Howard County, Anne Arundel County, and Rosedale County.