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.
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.
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.