What is the penalty for solicitation of prostitution in Virginia?

Virginia State strictly deals with prostitution and any crimes related to prostitution. Both prostitution and solicitation of prostitution are dealt under the Virginia’s code: section 18.2-346.

What is prostitution?

As per the law of Virginia prostitution is defined as following:

“Any person who, for money or its equivalent, commits adultery, fornication or any act in violation of 18.2-361, or offers to commit adultery, fornication or any act in violation of 18.2-361 and thereafter does any substantial act in furtherance thereof”

Hence a prostitution is providing any sexual act in exchange of monetary benefit.  Therefore in order to face the punishment of prostitution the prosecutors needs to provide a strong evidence that any sexual act was exchanged for the monetary benefit. However, in order to produce a valid case, it is important that the offer is followed by an acceptance for the sexual act.

In Virginia Prostitution is categorized as Class 1 misdemeanor and therefore a person who is found guilty for conducting prostitution is subject to imprisonment for a year along with heavy fines up to $2500.

What is Solicitation of prostitution in Virginia?

In Virginia, section 18.2 361 deals with the solicitation of prostitution. The prostitution law is divided into two part the first part deals with the prostitution itself while the second part deals with the solicitation of prostitution.
“Any person who offers money or its equivalent to another for the purpose of engaging in sexual acts as enumerated above and thereafter does any substantial act in furtherance thereof”

What is the penalty for soliciting prostitution in Virginia?

Solicitation for prostitution is also considered as class 1 misdemeanor and the penalty for soliciting prostitution in Virginia may lead to a year of imprisonment and fine of $2500 maximum. However if the case is of pimping or pandering, the court categorize it as a class four felony. If a person is charged with class four felony he is subject to at least two and maximum ten years in jail along with a heavy fine of $100,000.  As both prostitution and solicitation of prostitution are dealt similarly in Virginia, one can become a victim of sting operation conducted by police department.  The police department posts a fake prostitution ad thought their undercover agents that trap people who are taking part in solicitation of prostitution. This way they are able to collect evidences against the accused victim of police entrapment.

Will I face penalty for soliciting prostitution in Virginia if the accusations are fake?

Solicitation of prostitution is conducted by a person who is offering the other person money for an exchange of sexual act. However similarly in order to face the punishment the prosecutor must provide enough evidences of the acceptance of the offer else the case would be categorized as null. As the penalty of soliciting prostitution in Virginia are strict and the guilty person will be registered as a sex offender. Therefore one should immediately contact an attorney if they are charged with any such accusations.