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Facing Prostitution Charges in Ohio?

Prostitution is illegal in the state of Ohio whether it is between heterosexuals or homosexuals. It is common for law enforcement to set up sting operations in hopes of catching the violators and bringing them to justice. It is against the law to engage in the sex act in exchange for money, solicit sex, or ask another to engage in sex for money. That includes the prostitute and the client or "John" since both are breaking the law. It is unlawful to maintain, manage or service brothels or prostitution activities in the state.

Consequences of a Sex Crime Conviction

A person convicted of a sex crime may have to registers as a sex offender and that entails the loss of privacy and certain freedoms. Just an accusation for a sex offense can tarnish a reputation and ruin business and personal relationships. Promoting prostitution or "pimping" is a felony of the 4th degree and a sentence can mean 6-18 months in prison and/or up to $5,000 in fines. Promotion of a minor is a felony in the 3rd degree with a sentence of 1-5 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines.

Engaging in prostitution or sex for hire is a felony in the 3rd degree with a possible prison sentence of 1-5 years and/or fines up to $10,000. Prostitution with a minor at least 16 years old but under age 18 years can mean 2-8 years in prison and/or up to $15,000 in fines. Money for sex with a minor less than 16 years of age is a felony in the 1st degree with a sentence of 3-10 years in prison and fines up to $20,000. It does not matter if the offender thought the minor was an adult.

Criminal Record: The Impact on Penalties

If convicted of engaging in prostitution, you will have a criminal record. It would be in your best interests to seek legal advice from one of our Columbus criminal defense lawyers. We are able to defend many sex crime cases and have successfully had charges lessened or dropped altogether. As many prostitution arrests are part of sting operations, entrapment could be involved. The details of your case should be reviewed immediately. Contact our professional legal team for assistance.

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At The Meranda Law Firm LTD, your satisfaction is our priority! See for yourself what our clients have to say about working with us.

    “As stress free as it can be”
    A criminal case can be very stressful. The Meranda Law Firm can help you with this process. Zack is there to make sure that you get the best personal one on one help you can get. So you don't get pushed around in the system. Takes all the worry out of your case. Very down to earth guy. Easy to talk too. Without Zack I don't know where I would be right now. Thanks Zack; can't tell you how much I appreciate the help you gave me. If you are looking for a lawyer that can take the stress out of your case Zack is your guy
    - Jeff w
    “Great Representation”
    There are three reasons I recommend Zachuary Meranda if you are arrested for DUI. First off, he is a straight shooter. Never did he sugar coat my situation. Second, he handled everything while keeping me informed and walked me through everything as it progressed. Third, he got me the result- NO DUI!!! Thanks Zak!
    - Shane Dolen
    “Excellent job!”
    We are very appreciative of the efforts put forth by Zach Meranda. The outcome was positive and he made us feel secure in an out of control situation. Felt glad to have him defending us and having his common sense approach to our case. We would recommend his services to anyone in need.
    - Anonymous
    “I Highly Recommend The Meranda Law Firm”
    I couldn't have asked for a better attorney. I've had other attorneys and Zach is the only one that actually knew my case and put a lot of time and effort into making sure the outcome was good, which it definitely was. I really think he is one of the best attorneys & I highly recommend him to anyone that needs legal help.
    - Payton R
    “Great work!!”
    Zach Meranda was a real attorney with a no bull shit strategy!!! But he won my criminal case even when the odds were against me and I thank him and his associates!!
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    “Great Job”
    Zach did a great job representing me. He worked hard to take care of me in my case. If I ever need a lawyer again, I'll definitely give him a call first.
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    “Great Attorney”
    Zach is a great attorney. He has represented me twice and both times I got positive results. If you need an attorney call The Meranda Law Firm, he's the best.
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    “An Attorney That Will Give You His All!”
    Zach is incredibly professional and will work as hard as he can for you, no matter how big or small your case is. He shows genuine concern and interest in his client and the situation. He is straight forward and honest. Zach was the third attorney on my case and the only one that actually took the time to become familiar with my case. He was not intimidated as my previous attorneys were and his competency resulted in my case ending in a very satisfying outcome.
    - Rylan Burrie

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  • What should I do if my child was arrested?
    No parent wants their child to have to go through an ordeal like being arrested. When these situations do occur, it can be difficult to determine what the best course of action would be. The juvenile justice system is different from the adult justice system and so it is important that you have a legal representative who understands the juvenile system and can help you get through this time. Whether your child has been accused of DUI, a drug crime, a misdemeanor, or a felony, you will be able to have peace of mind knowing that we are there helping you every step of the way.
  • Can I afford a criminal defense attorney?
    Another question you will have to consider when deciding which defense lawyer to handle your case is whether or not you can afford it. At The Meranda Law Firm LTD, we want to be able to provide reasonable rates to our clients so that you can get the help you need. In order to give you an idea of how much it will be, we will meet with you in a free consultation and discuss what kind of fees you could expect.
  • How do I appeal my conviction?
    What should you do if you have already been convicted of a crime and have received your sentence? If you believe that justice was not served, your first step should be to contact our firm to see if we could help you appeal your case. Not every attorney takes on appeal cases they can be more complex and time-consuming than other cases. At The Meranda Law Firm LTD, however, we are committed to fighting for the rights of our clients, no matter how difficult the case. If you want us to look over your case, please contact our team as soon as possible.

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