Some people often think prostitution is legal throughout Nevada, including on the Las Vegas Strip. However, prostitution and solicitation generally are illegal throughout the state, except in certain licensed houses. Additionally, it is outlawed in Clark County. Law enforcement officers are aggressive about enforcing the state and county laws.
Arrests for prostitution and solicitation can be embarrassing and sometimes overwhelming. Although a solicitation offense a misdemeanor, it can have a serious impact on the personal and professional aspects of a person's life. Handling the charges efficiently and discretely are important in keeping your life as normal as possible.
If you have been charged with prostitution, solicitation, or a related offense, contact Las Vegas prostitution lawyer Jeffrey Jaeger. Jeffrey has a comprehensive understanding of criminal procedure, and he can use his knowledge to help you fight the accusations. No matter the charge, he can handle your case discreetly and work to get favorable results.
Call (702) 816-3888 to schedule a free consultation today. The Law Offices of Jeffrey Jaeger represents clients throughout Clark County, including those in Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, and Henderson. He can also work with tourists and out-of-state visitors who are facing prostitution and solicitation charges after visiting Las Vegas.
In Nevada, it is unlawful for any person to engage in prostitution except in a licensed house of prostitution, according to Nevada Revised Statute 201.354. Prostitution is defined by state law as engaging in sexual conduct with another person in return for a fee, monetary consideration, or another thing of value. This value could include drugs or other property.
Solicitation of a prostitute is also illegal in Nevada. Solicitation could mean asking another person to participate in a sexual act for money or offering some sort of value in exchange for a sexual act.
Law enforcement officers can use various tactics to obtain solicitation arrests, including undercover stings. In these cases, an officer can pose as a prostitute. Any person who solicits another for sex could face charges for solicitation. A person does not have to actually be a sex worker for a solicitation charge to apply.
Soliciting a sex worker or engaging in prostitution is a misdemeanor offense. This is punishable by up to six months in a county jail, a fine up to $1,000, or both. In some instances, the court could order the person to a fixed period of community service.
However, if a person is accused of a soliciting a child for prostitution, the consequences much greater. This is a Category E felony, which could carry between one and four years in a state prison, a fine up to $5,000, or both. This also could mean being required to register as a sex offender.
Prostitution and solicitation are illegal in Clark County. However, both can be legal in some portions of Nevada, but only within valid licensed houses of prostitution. Lincoln County and Nye County, the two that share a border with Clark County, have licensed brothels. These legal brothels can only exist in counties with 400,000 people or less.
To operate legally, the owners and workers must follow strict county ordinances and state regulations. For instance, a "house of ill fame" cannot be operated within 400 yards of any schoolhouse or schoolroom used by a public or common school in the state, according to Nevada Revised Statute 201.380.
State law also imposes other restrictions on where the houses cannot be located. For example, it cannot be within 400 yards of a church, edifice, building, or structure used for devotional services or religious ceremonies. Any violation could result in a fine up to $500.
Any house fronting on the principal business street or thoroughfare of any of the town in Nevada also could not legally be used as a brothel, according to Nevada Revised Statute 201.390. Doing so could mean a fine up to $500.
Additionally, these business owners, workers, and anyone associated with the brothels cannot advertise the house in any public theater, a public street, or anywhere in which prostitution is illegal, according to Nevada Revised Statute 201.430.
A person who induces an adult to unlawfully become a prostitute, to continue to engage in prostitution, or to enter a place within the state in which prostitution is allowed charged with pandering, according to Nevada Revised Statute 201.300.
This charge could apply if the person is induced without threat or fear of harm. For instance, if a person encourages another to commit sexual acts for money without physical force, it pandering. This is a Category C felony punishable by between one to five years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.
However, a person charged with sex trafficking if he or she:
If a person is convicted of sex trafficking, an adult could face Category B felony charges. This punishable by between three to 10 years in a state prison and up to a $10,000 fine, according to Nevada Revised Statute 201.300.
However, if a person is accused of trafficking a child, the penalties are much more severe. If the child is younger than 14 years old at the time of the offense, it is a Category A felony. This punishable by life in prison with the possibility of parole after 15 years have been served and up to a $20,000 fine.
If the child is between 14 and 16 years old at the time of the offense, a person could face Category A felony. This punishable by life in a state prison with the possibility of parole when a minimum of 10 years has been served in addition to a fine up to $10,000.
The offense would also be a Category A felony if a child between age 16 and 18 was involved in a trafficking offense. This is punishable by life in a state prison with the possibility of parole after a minimum of five years has been served plus a fine up to $10,000.
Consent of a victim of pandering or sex trafficking to an act of prostitution is not a defense to the charges, according to state law. Additionally, the defendant cannot argue he or she did not have knowledge of the victim's age. This not be an accepted defense.
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department: The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Vice section is responsible for investigating vice-related crimes, including arresting and prosecuting prostitutes, their clients, and pandering suspects. The Vice section is also involved in community outreach and education programs.
U.S. Department of Homeland Security: The Blue Campaign is aimed at ending human trafficking. Working in collaboration with law enforcement, government, non-governmental, and private organizations, the Blue Campaign strives to protect the basic right of freedom and to bring those who exploit human lives to justice.
Global Network of Sex Work Projects: The Global Network of Sex Work Projects aims to uphold the voice of sex workers globally and connect regional networks advocating for the rights-based health and social services, freedom from abuse and discrimination, and self-determination for sex workers.
If you have been accused of soliciting a prostitute or engaging in prostitution, you need a knowledgeable Las Vegas prostitution attorney who can handle your case discretdiscreetlyJeffrey Jaeger at (702) 816-3888 to schedule a free consultation and learn more about how to handle your charges. Jeffrey will work to get favorable results in your case.
Stay up-to-date on the latest legal news in the Silver State. Las Vegas attorney Jeffrey Jaeger discusses important developments in Nevada Appellate Courts.