Prostitution Lawyer Fort McMurray
Solicitation of prostitution in Fort McMurray
We understand that the circumstances that may lead to an arrest on prostitution and solicitation are often out of your control. The criminal defence lawyers at The Law offices of Gunn Law Group know that simply because you have been charged with crimes that revolve around solicitation and prostitution does not necessarily mean that you should be treated like a criminal.
The laws surrounding solicitation and prostitution are sometimes unclear and up for interpretation. If you or someone you know has been charged with a prostitution or solicitation offense, our criminal defense team knows the law inside and out and will skillfully work on your behalf to undermine the police’s investigation and the Crown’s case.
Is trading sex for money against the law?
“Prostitution” in itself is not a criminal offense in Canada. That is, exchanging money for sexual services is not a criminal offense. That being said, the vast majority of the activities that are commonly associated with prostitution are considered criminal acts. Generally, it is not an indictable criminal offense to buy sexual favours, arrange to buy sexual favours or communicate for those purposes, however, when these same actions or communications are done or attempted in public places, they are treated as criminal offences.
Even though the act of prostitution is not treated as a criminal act in Canada, there are various other laws that make many of the behaviours that are associated with prostitution illegal. For example, because engaging in sexual acts in a public place is an offence that falls under the “indecent act” provisions of the criminal code, being caught engaging in an act of prostitution in the ‘privacy’ of your own car can result in a criminal charge.
Remember, the trading of sex for money is not a crime in itself. Although, if the act of prostitution occurs in a location that is used regularly for the purposes of prostitution, that location is considered a “common bawdy-house.” It is against the law to run a common bawdy-house, to work in one, to be caught in one without a lawful excuse, or to allow such a house to be operated on a property which you have control over. Even offering to take someone to a “common bawdy-house” is punishable by law
There are also laws that deal with some other ‘business aspects’ of prostitution. ‘Pimping’ is considered ‘living on the avails of prostitution’ and can be punishable with a sentence of up to fourteen years in prison. Other laws make it criminal to induce, persuade, or force someone into prostitution both in and out of Canada.
Another criminal offense that is connected with prostitution is communicating about buying sexual favours from or buying sexual favours from someone under the age of 18. This is a criminal offence that carries a minimum jail term of six-months.
What is Solicitation for prostitution?
‘To communicate with another person, in a public place, with the objective of practicing prostitution’ is how the Soliciting Law (article 213 of the Canadian Criminal Code) defines soliciting.This means that it is against the law to solicit a client by offering sexual services to them. The police have to prove that it is the sex worker who solicited the client, in order to charge a sex worker of solicitation.
Contact a lawyer who defends your prostitution & solicitation charges aggressively
If you or someone you know has been charged with engaging in solicitation of prostitution or prostitution in a public place, you could be facing penalties that could disrupt the life you have worked so hard to build. You could face fines, jail time, mandatory counselling, forfeiture of your vehicle and being reported on national sex-crimes registries if you are convicted on solicitation or prostitution charges. Contact the prostitution and solicitation defence lawyers at The Law offices of Gunn Law Group.