Prostitution — that is, engaging in sexual activity for pay — is a crime in Pennsylvania. The law also criminalizes prostitution-related activities, including:

  • Soliciting a prostitute, whether in person or online
  • Loitering with the purpose of getting hired for prostitution
  • Promoting prostitution (pimping and pandering)

These crimes range from misdemeanors to felonies. Depending on the circumstances, the penalties could include significant jail time and mandatory registration as a sex offender.

Even misdemeanor charges, however, can have a lasting impact on your reputation. It takes a skilled defense attorney to handle these charges with discretion. At Shaffer & Engle Law Offices, LLC, we have the highest respect for your privacy as well as your rights, freedom and reputation. Our lawyers are well-regarded for their experience handling sensitive sex offense cases. We know how to tactfully and effectively navigate this difficult area of law.

Finding Weaknesses In The State's Case

Prostitution-related charges often involve undercover sting operations. As a result, there may be significant problems with the state's case. For example, perhaps:

  • The police officer crossed the line into entrapment.
  • The evidence is insufficient to support a conviction.
  • The state can't prove your involvement or intent.

Because our legal team includes a former Pennsylvania deputy district attorney, we understand how the prosecution approaches these cases. We can identify potential grounds for getting a reduction or dismissal of the charges. What's more, if you decide to go to trial, you can benefit from our extensive experience and proven record of success in the courtroom.

To enlist our defense lawyers and start fighting the charges, call 717-827-4074. You can also reach out to us online for a free initial consultation. Our office is in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.