Prostitution Defense Attorneys in Nashville, TN
Tennessee Prostitution Laws
If you are convicted of prostitution, patronizing prostitution, promoting prostitution, or any other related sex offense, it can have a long-lasting and damaging effect on your reputation, career, and relationships.
At May McKinney, our Nashville prostitution defense lawyers fully understand that such charges are sensitive matters that require the highest level of discretion and skill. When possible, our Nashville prostitution defense lawyers work to get the case dismissed without the embarrassment of a public trial. We can also have all court correspondence forwarded to our office address to avoid any official letters being sent to your home. As always, our strategy is tailored to suit your needs, concerns, and the circumstances at hand.
Tennessee Prostitution Charges & Penalties
According to TCA § 39-13-513, prostitution is:
"... engaging in, or offering to engage in sexual activity as a business or being an inmate in a house of prostitution or luring in a public place for the purpose of being hired to engage in sexual activity."
Prostitution is a Class B misdemeanor. However, if it is committed within 1.5 miles of a school, the penalties increase to at least 7 days of jail time and at least $1,000 in fines.
Patronizing Prostitution Charge in Tennessee
Patronizing prostitution means paying or offering to pay someone for sexual services, whether they are male or female. It is a Class B misdemeanor and carries up to 6 months of jail time and up to $500 in fines. As with prostitution charges, the penalties increase if the offense was committed within 1.5 miles of a school.
In Nashville, undercover agents often work sections of Dickerson Road, Murfreesboro Road, and Gallatin Road, posing as prostitutes. They also frequently post fake ads online. Sometimes, however, undercover agents or other law enforcement officials overstep their bounds and engage in entrapment. Entrapment, or persuading an innocent person to commit a crime he or she did not intend to commit, is illegal and potential grounds to get the case dismissed.
Defending Prostitution Charges in TN
Are you facing prostitution-related charges in the Nashville area? If so, we can help. Our Nashville prostitution defense lawyers at May McKinney delivers seasoned counsel across all areas of state and federal sex crime charges, including those involving allegedly engaging in prostitution or patronizing prostitution.
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