Prostitution/Solicitation Defense Lawyer in Honolulu
Results-Driven Criminal Defense 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? Reach out to Landsberg Law Office at (808) 468-7292 or through our online request form for a free, initial consultation.
Prostitution & Solicitation 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.
In Hawaii, the above offenses are charged as follows:
- 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
Other Crimes Related to Prostitution
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 or profit.
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.
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 a misdemeanor
- 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.
Turn to Our Capable Honolulu Prostitution/Solicitation Defense Attorney
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 attorney who has a strong reputation for hard work, thorough case preparation, and successful criminal defense outcomes.
Do not speak with law enforcement about your case until you have consulted with our attorney. Call (808) 468-7292 today.