Soliciting a prostitute in Colorado
Section 18-7-202 of the Colorado Revised Statutes (C.R.S.) makes it a misdemeanor to solicit a prostitute. 18-7-202 C.R.S. (1) provides:
A person commits soliciting for prostitution if he:
- (a) Solicits another for the purpose of prostitution; or
- (b) Arranges or offers to arrange a meeting of persons for the purpose of prostitution; or
- (c) Directs another to a place knowing such direction is for the purpose of prostitution.
If the other person accepts your offer, or you enter a place of prostitution intending to have sex there, it is the more serious misdemeanor crime of patronizing a prostitute, Colorado 18-7-205 C.R.S. A prostitute who engages in such an act may be charged with the crime of prostitution per 18-7-201 C.R.S.
And if the other person is under 18 years of age, it is the far more serious felony crime of soliciting for child prostitution, 18-7-402 C.R.S.
Penalties for soliciting a prostitute in Colorado
Soliciting for prostitution is a Colorado class 3 misdemeanor. Consequences of soliciting a prostitute can include:
- Up to 6 months in jail, and/or
- A fine of $50-$750.
In addition, if you are convicted of soliciting for prostitution you may be required to pay an additional fine of up $5,000, which will go to the state's prostitution enforcement cash fund.1
Defenses to soliciting a prostitute
Our Colorado criminal defense lawyers understand the consequences of a conviction for soliciting a streetwalker, hooker, or prostitute. It is not just the risk of a jail sentence that makes the accusation so scary, but the possible loss of your reputation and family.
That is why we defend solicitation charges so vigorously. Common defenses to solicitation of prostitution include (but are not limited to):
- No sex was offered or took place,
- Nothing of value was offered or accepted in exchange for the sex,
- You were entrapped,
- You were a victim of a misunderstanding or false accusation, or
- The police entrapped you or there was other police misconduct.
Call us for help…
Our Denver sex crimes attorneys know that when it comes to sex, intentions are often misunderstood. And when they do, people can find themselves accused of solicitation – even when they did nothing wrong.
If you have been charged with soliciting or another prostitution-related offense in Colorado, we invite you to contact us. Your initial consultation is free and completely confidential.
We can also assist with seeking inmate release at jail facilities throughout the state, including the Mesa County Jail in the city of Grand Junction.
We can be reached using the form on this page, or at our convenient Denver home office:
Colorado Legal Defense Group
1400 16th Street ste. 400
16 Market Square
Denver CO 80202
- See 24-33.5-513, C.R.S.