While many consider prostitution to be a “victimless crime,” Arizona does not. Misdemeanor prostitution can result in jail time, a criminal record, fines, and public embarrassment. Subsequent convictions can result in felony charges and enhanced penalties. One facing such allegations requires legal assistance. Bretton Barber is a Phoenix defense attorney handling such cases. Contact our office today to speak with a lawyer.
Maricopa County attorney representing accused sex workers of prostitution
It is illegal in Arizona to have intercourse, perform oral sex, fondle, or engage in sadomasochistic activities for money or anything else of value. Prostitution is often charged as a class one misdemeanor and carries a maximum sentence of six months in jail. A third offense, however, can result in both a 60 day sentence and the requirement to complete a court-ordered education program. A fourth offense will be charged as a class five felony which could result in prison time. A misdemeanor charge will be heard in either Municipal or Justice Court, depending where the arrest took place.
One cannot be convicted for prostitution unless the prosecution is able to prove that there was an exchange of sexual service for money. Also, any incriminating statements gained by police must not violate the accused’s Miranda rights under the Fifth Amendment. Hiring counsel who understands these issues can be critical to one’s defense.
Bretton Barber aggressively represents the rights of defendants. Once retained in a prostitution case, Bretton will quickly review the arrest reports, and any other evidence, showing how the accused was arrested. Motions, to exclude statements from court, will quickly be filed. We will ensure you are prepared for trial as, again, it is the prosecution’s burden to prove a crime occurred – you do not have to prove your innocence. You are in a serious situation and we will show it the respect it deserves. Contact our attorney today. In addition to Phoenix we represent defendants in other Maricopa County cities such as Mesa, Glendale, Scottsdale, Chandler, and Gilbert. We also assist Pima County residents in Tucson.
Phoenix lawyer who understands the value of attorney-client communication
Bretton founded the Barber Law Group on the belief that all people are entitled to respect. One of the most common issues people have with their lawyer is a lack of communication. Our office will promptly return all phone calls and emails. Bretton regularly gives clients his cell phone number so that he may be reached with questions or concerns. He often meets with clients outside of business hours and makes his clients his priority. You have enough to worry about at a time like this and the ability to stay in contact with your lawyer should not be one of them. Contact our office today.