A Yeargan & Kert, LLC Lawyer is Your Best Defense in a Keeping a Place of Prostitution Charge
Prostitution is the criminal act of offering, accepting and performing a sex act in exchange for money or anything of value. Prostitution is illegal in Atlanta Georgia. There are many other criminal activities group that are group under the umbrella of a prostitution charge such as Keeping A Place of Prostitution.
One of those prostitution-related criminal charges is keeping a place of prostitution. However, you may be able to get this charge dismissed and removed from your record with the help of an experienced attorney from Yeargan & Kert, LLC.
Keeping a Place of Prostitution Charge is found under the Statute 16-6-10
According to Georgia’s criminal statute, having a place where prostitution takes place is illegal in the state. A person is guilty of the crime if they have or exercise control of the use of any area used for prostitution. The place, or area, offers shelter or seclusion for committing the act of prostitution.
To be charged with the crime of keeping a place of prostitution, you must knowingly grant or permit the use of the area for that crime. It does matter if money exchanges hands to be charged with having a place of prostitution.
Penalty for Keeping a Place of Prostitution is found under the Prostitution Law
Prostitution is considered a misdemeanor unless there are other factors involved. The penalty for keeping a place of prostitution is 12 months in jail and a fine. The fine ranges from $500 to $1,000.
Is Pimping and Pandering the same Charge as Keeping a Place of Prostitution in Atlanta Georgia?
No. Pimping, pandering and keeping a place of prostitution are separate charges. Pimping refers to the crime of procuring, offering or arranging prostitution. The alleged pimp acquires money, profits and any proceeds from other people engaging in and committing the crime of prostitution.
Pandering is slightly similar to keeping a place of prostitution. Pandering involves asking people to perform sex acts involving prostitution. The person gathers them in a certain place for the purpose of engaging in prostitution.
Can a Prostitution Charge be Downgraded to a Keeping a Place of Prostitution?
No. Keeping a place of prostitution is about you allegedly having or being in control of an area used for having illegal sex. This is a prostitution-related crime, not actual prostitution. Prostitution is engaging in sexual activity for pay. The pay may be actual money or something of value. It has nothing to do with where the illegal sexual activity takes place.
You can be accused of both crimes. However, keeping a place of prostitution cannot be downgraded or upgraded to prostitution.
You cannot be Convicted of Criminal Trespass for a Keeping a Place of Prostitution Charge in Atlanta Georgia
Keeping a place for prostitution is not a criminal trespassing charge. According to the state’s criminal statute, criminal property damage is the intentional act of causing physical harm to another individual’s property. This is not the same charge and is not a prostitution-related charge. The damage must be physical.
No damages are needed in keeping a place of prostitution charge. This type of physical damage includes breaking, tearing or crushing property. Furthermore, you allegedly damaged the property without the consent of the property’s owner. You only have to own the place where the prostitution occurs in order to be charged or convicted of the crime.
Yeargan & Kert, LLC will Represent You in Your Atlanta Georgia Keeping a Place of Prostitution
You have a place where you live, hang out or work. The area may be visited by friends, family or some people you know. However, police or other people may believe you are aiding in prostitution. Now you are arrested and accused of engaging in a prostitution-related crime.
Defenses to keeping a place of prostitution vary and you need to discuss them with a lawyer from Yeargan & Kert, LLC. You may want to consider proving the area was never a place of prostitution. That you did not knowingly agree to have the place used by alleged prostitutes and their clients. If you do not know what defense to use, do not worry. We have the available defenses to help you prove your case.
Today is the time you begin putting the case behind you by contacting us. We offer a free case evaluation. During this case evaluation, we will listen to you explain what happened. We will advise you of your legal rights regarding fighting the charge. We will also work to prove your innocence, get the charge reduced or dropped. Contact Yeargan & Kert, LLC now.