Dunwoody Prostitution Lawyer
Prostitution is one of the most complex areas of criminal law in Georgia, and conviction for prostitution has the potential to affect a person for the rest of their life. If you or someone you know has been accused of committing prostitution in Georgia, you need an knowledgeable Georgia Dunwoody prostitution lawyer on the case who has experience successfully defending clients against these allegations. At Hawkins Spizman, our highly rated legal professionals in our Dunwoody office are here to defend and protect your rights. To learn more, call or contact our office today to schedule a free consultation.
Prostitution in Georgia
Georgia defines prostitution as any act of offering, performing, or consenting to engaging in a sexual act for payment. Payment does not have to be money, and a person can be arrested for accepting drugs, property, or other services in exchange for the performance of a sexual act. In addition, payment does not need to be received in order for someone to be arrested for prostitution. The mere alleged acceptance is enough to arrest a person for this crime in Georgia, and the vagueness of this law is why many people are mistakenly arrested for prostitution. If you or someone you know is arrested for this crime, it is critical that you have an experienced criminal defense attorney by your side.
There are also a number of crimes associated with prostitution that a person can be arrested for even if they are not engaged in prostitution itself. Pandering, pimping, and keeping a place for prostitution are also considered criminal acts that can result in substantial fines, jail time, and a permanent criminal record.
Penalties for Prostitution
If someone is convicted for engaging in prostitution in Georgia, the penalties are severe. Even with nonprofit organizations and the legislature working hard to reduce the number of sex crimes in the state, Georgia has some of the strictest penalties for a prostitution conviction in the country. Penalties for prostitution can include the following:
- Fines up to $1000
- Jail term up to one year
- Misdemeanor criminal record
- Registration on the sex offender registry
- Probation, and more.
Being placed on the sex offender registry significantly alters a person’s life. They are banned from living in certain areas and traveling to certain places. It shows up on any background check for jobs, school, and housing, and the stigma can follow you for the rest of your life. To learn more about how a criminal defense attorney can help, call or contact our office today.
Talk to Hawkins Spizman Today
You and those you know do not have to let the stigma of a prostitution charge affect the rest of your life. If you would like to speak with a knowledgeable Georgia criminal defense attorney about your case, call the office or contact us today at Hawkins Spizman to schedule a free consultation.