Prostitution/Solicitation Lawyer in Honolulu
Is Prostitution Legal in Hawaii?
Prostitution, and a variety of actions related to it, are prohibited by
Hawaii law. If you have been charged with any type of prostitution-related
charge, it is highly advised that you seek help from a legal professional
who can provide strong advocacy. At Landsberg Law Office, you can acquire
representation from a veteran legal professional who has years of experience
and strong connections with local judges and prosecutors. Experience,
skills, and a dedication to getting results through thorough case preparation
are the hallmarks of our firm’s service to clients throughout Oahu.
Charged with a prostitution-related crime? Call the Landsberg Law Office
today at (808) 468-7292 or
contact us online to schedule a meeting with our prostitution/solicitation lawyer in Honolulu.
Solicitation of a Prostitute in Hawaii
Prostitution involves the act of engaging in or offering to engage in sex
for payment. Solicitation refers to the act of paying or offering to pay
another for sex. Under the law, you can be charged with either offense
even if the act of sex never occurs or payment exchange is never completed.
Is Prostitution a Felony or Misdemeanor in Hawaii?
Prostitution is charged as a petty misdemeanor usually punishable by a
fine of up to $500 and may involve up to 30 days in jail. Solicitation
is also charged as above with the same penalties.
Is Promoting Prostitution a Crime in Hawaii?
Promoting prostitution is also a crime under Hawaii law. It consists of two categories, both
of which are charged as
felonies. First-degree promotion of prostitution is described as using force, threats,
intimidation, or fraud to make another work as a prostitute for your use
Second-degree promotion of prostitution can occur in a number of ways,
such as causing another to become a prostitute, regularly using your premises
for the business of prostitution, obtaining customers, supplying prostitutes
or customers, taking part in the earnings of prostitution, and more. This
type of crime is elevated to a first-degree offense if you are using someone
under the age of 18 in the prostitution operation. The property you use
in such an operation may also be confiscated by the state when charged as above.
What Other Crimes are Related to Prostitution?
Additional crimes related to prostitution include:
- Loitering for the purpose of prostitution which is also a petty misdemeanor
when it involves “repeatedly” beckoning, stopping, trying
to engage others in conversation, or interfering with others in order
to advance prostitution which may be charged as a misdemeanor
- Promoting travel for the purpose of prostitution which refers to selling
or offering to sell travel services to advance prostitution, charged as
a Class C felony
- Soliciting prostitution within 750 feet of a school or park, charged as
- Habitual solicitation of prostitution which labels you as a habitual offender
if you are convicted of a third solicitation offense within the last 10
years which is charged as a Class C felony
Class C felonies are punishable by up to five years in prison and fines
of up to $5,000. Misdemeanors are punishable by up to a year in prison
and fines of up to $2,000.
Mandatory sex offender registration may be ordered in some prostitution
crimes if they involve minors under the age of 18. Sex offender registration
not only places certain restrictions on you and makes your identity accessible
to the public but holds a negative social stigma that can haunt you long
into the future and be difficult to overcome.
The Legal Experience You Need
The various offenses related to prostitution can lead to criminal penalties
and a criminal record that can make it difficult to find future gainful
employment, qualify for housing, educational aid, or professional licenses
in pharmacy, nursing, real estate, law, and more. Bring your case to our
Honolulu prostitution attorney who has a strong reputation for hard work,
thorough case preparation, and successful criminal defense outcomes.
Contact the Landsberg Law Office today for a FREE Consultation!