There are three main sources of Solicitation and Prostitution charges in the Denver metro area. First, Colfax stings by the Denver and Lakewood Police Departments. Second, massage parlor stings. Third, internet / Craigslist type stings. Click Here for More Information on Colorado Prostitution and Related Charges.
Colfax Stings are the Most Common We See
Solicitation and Prostitution stings by the Denver Police Department have been a favorite on East Colfax for more than a decade. This type of a sting usually involves a woman police officer posing as a prostitute. Men approach her and she sends them to a nearby meeting spot, where officers are waiting to make the arrest. Men’s cars are confiscated and won’t be released until a penalty of $1,000.00 is paid and after they accrue fines nearing $600.00. These stings are clearly motivated by money for the City and County of Denver. Similar stings are run by the Lakewood Police Department on West Colfax. Fortunately, with the help of an experienced criminal lawyer, the Denver City Attorney is often willing to agree to a program where men can escape a permanent record for a Prostitution or Solicitation charge.
Massage Parlors – Set Up Across the Metro Area
We have seen this type of Solicitation and Prostitution sting across the metro area in Jefferson, Adams and Arapahoe County. In many cases, police will advertise massages in sleazy magazines and hope that men call and ask for additional services. When men call in, they are given some bait for sexual services, and upon arrival at the facility they are arrested after confirming their “order”.
Craigslist and other internet sites are great places for police to advertise sex. Here, officers stage Prostitution houses and other staging areas in Douglas and Denver County. When men arrive at the advertised location, they are arrested for Solicitation.
Definitions of Colorado Prostitution and Solicitation
Prostitution and Solicitation are related sexual crimes. To support a charge of Prostitution, the City Attorney or District Attorney must prove that someone offers to perform an act of sexual intercourse, fellatio, cunnilingus, masturbation or anal intercourse with a person in exchange for money or something else of value. Solicitation involves the accused soliciting another for the purpose of Prostitution. It can also be supported by conduct involving the arrangement or directing of others meeting for the purpose of Prostitution.
While the crimes of Solicitation for Prostitution and Prostitution do not amount to sex offenses under Colorado law, they do involve educational classes and fines. With repeated offenses, it is possible to suffer jail or the confiscation of your automobile.
If contacted by police regarding Prostitution or Solicitation charges, be smart, exercise your right to remain silent and call our experienced criminal defense lawyers at 303-731-0719. Together, we can protect your future.