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Sex work in Arizona is a complicated legal matter. If you have been charged with buying or selling sexual relations, you could be facing significant consequences, including jail time and fines.
You do not have to contest allegations of prostitution or sex work alone. If you are facing charges for prostitution, the skilled team at Grand Canyon Law Group can help you build a strong defense. Reach out to an Arizona prostitution lawyer to learn more about your options.
Arizona Revised Statute §13-3214 codifies the legal definition of prostitution in the state. Under state law, prostitution is defined as the sale of sexual behaviors in exchange for money or something of equivalent value. The state does not explicitly list the behaviors that can be considered sexual in nature, rather referring to all sex and sexualized physical contact as grounds for prostitution charges.
There are also laws in Arizona that target individuals who facilitate these sexual relations between others. “Pimping,” as described by Arizona Revised Statute §13-3204, carries consequences of a Class 5 Felony for parties accused of facilitating prostitution.
Arizona establishes several penalties for alleged prostitution. These charges vary based on an individual’s existing criminal record, if applicable. For example, individuals facing charges of prosecution for the first time must, upon their conviction, serve at least 15 days in jail while facing fines of up to $2,500. Second offenses call for 30 days in jail, and third offenses require 60 days in jail.
Prostitution is a Class 1 Misdemeanor, but this charge will be raised to a class 5 felony if the Defendant has been previously charged with prostitution four times or more. As a result, someone charged with prostitution may face up to four years in prison on top of paying court fees and fines. These penalties can be highly impactful on a person’s life, which is why it is best to consult with a seasoned prostitution attorney to put together an adequate defense.
When alleged prostitution involves a minor, charges are often more severe in nature. State law recognizes several different kinds of child prostitution, including:
Those convicted on child prostitution charges face felony consequences, with the exact class of felony varying based on the circumstances giving rise to the offense Causing, using, managing, or engaging in child prostitution is a Class 2 Felony punishable by incarceration, probation, and significant fines.
Incidents involving minors aged 15-17, where the defendant did not know the minor’s age at the time of the alleged encounter are class 6 felonies, punishable by nine months’ imprisonment. Encounters where the defendants allegedly knew the minor’s age could result in up to 21 years of jail time. Child prostitution laws are complex, so an individual facing charges is encouraged to speak with an experienced attorney to put together a strong case in defense to these charges.
The complexities of prostitution and sex work in Arizona can be overwhelming to work through. If you or a loved one has been accused of prostitution, you need a solid defense. A skilled Arizona prostitution lawyer can help you craft a defense to your charges. If applicable, an attorney can argue that additional circumstances contributed to the alleged incident, such as entrapment, sex trafficking, abuse, and retaliatory behavior on the part of the prosecution.
During your initial consultation, you can prepare for your arraignment and discuss representation and mediation, depending on your individual needs. Time is of the essence in these types of cases, so do not hesitate to reach out. The experienced team at Grand Canyon Law Group is ready to help you restore your way of life and handle your case the right way.