Prostitution Charges

Paying for sex is not a serious crime in the grand scheme of things. Nonetheless, the criminal record, public humiliation and private fallout of an arrest can be devastating.

The law firm of Levine & McHenry LLC has defended all parties in the prostitution sphere: alleged "johns," sex workers and promoters. Our Portland criminal defense lawyers practice in Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas and surrounding counties, and throughout Oregon. We are skilled at discreetly resolving these sensitive cases, but we are also prepared to fight prostitution charges in court when necessary.

Experienced Defense For Prostitution-Related Crimes

Law partners Michael R. Levine and Matthew McHenry have wide experience in sex crime defense, including serious prostitution-related offenses that may be charged as felonies. Contact us immediately if you have been arrested for:

  • Patronizing a prostitute
  • Offering prostitution
  • Repeat offenses of patronizing
  • Patronizing a minor (under age 18)
  • Promoting prostitution (pimping or aiding and abetting)
  • Compelling prostitution (by force or threat)
  • Promoting prostitution of a child (under 18)

Hiring the services of a prostitute (whether or not any sex takes place) is a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by fines and sometimes jail time. But the social stigma and collateral impact can be more severe than the criminal penalties. If you are concerned that your spouse or family will find out, your employer will discipline you, or your arrest will make headlines, we can intervene swiftly. There may be opportunities to dismiss the charges or plead to a lesser (non-prostitution) offense. In some jurisdictions, it is possible to have a prostitution offense dismissed after completing treatment.

In all criminal cases, we take a two-pronged approach — looking toward trial but exploring the alternative possibilities. Our attorneys have actually had good results taking prostitution cases to trial, as "pros" and "johns" tend to be reluctant witnesses. But we understand that you may be eager to avoid the public spectacle of a trial. We take our cues from your wishes and then work to get the best result.

If you were arrested on prostitution charges, Levine & McHenry provides the knowledge and skill to minimize the impact. Arrange a free consultation with our Portland criminal defense lawyers.