Solicitation Charges in Las Vegas

Solicitation and Prostitution in Nevada 

While there is a prevailing perception that prostitution is legal in Nevada, it is actually illegal in most situations. The only place it is legal is in the licensed brothels, most of which are located in rural areas outside of cities. This misconception leads many to be charged with a violation of NRS 201.354.

Many people in Nevada get arrested for solicitation or prostitution as the result of a law enforcement sting operation. Such a sting is technically legal unless an undercover officer posing as a prostitute induces someone to make a solicitation by getting him drunk or spiking his drink. Should this occur, the law enforcement officer is guilty of entrapment, and the solicitation charges likely won’t stand.

If you are arrested for solicitation, you will likely be charged with a misdemeanor. Possible penalties include six months in jail and up to a $1,000 fine. However, there are defenses for your situation. For example, perhaps you visited a massage parlor expecting to only receive a massage, but the masseuse began discussing sexual favors. If you were arrested in such a situation, the fact that you made a simple mistake is an excellent defense.

Don’t let a solicitation charge hang over your head. Hire a Nevada criminal defense lawyer.