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Prostitution Defense Lawyer in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Mr. Barkemeyer is a Baton Rouge, Louisiana prostitution defense lawyer. He provides representation to those with the criminal charges of prostitution, solicitation, pandering, and many others.
► If you live out-of-state and have a prostitution charge in Louisiana, Mr. Barkemeyer may be able to handle your case so that you don’t have to come to Louisiana.
See the video below for an explanation of the criminal charge of prostitution.
Prostitution Defense Attorney in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Baton Rouge is the second most populous city in the state of Louisiana at 227,715. With that many people in one city, many illegal activities are sure to be taking place just because of the sheer amount of people. These illegal activities can range from anything like drugs and theft to public intoxication and prostitution. Prostitution is a very serious offense in Baton Rouge and in Louisiana as a whole. It occurs quite often in the bigger cities like Baton Rouge and quite often the focus of undercover police operations in those areas as well. If you are caught and charged with prostitution in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, it is not an offense that should be taken lightly. It carries with it severe penalties that can drastically hurt your future quality of life. If you have recently been charged with prostitution in Baton Rouge, you need to get legal assistance immediately, which is where Carl Barkemeyer, Criminal Defense Attorney comes in. Mr. Barkemeyer has been working and defending prostitution cases for many years especially in the Baton Rouge area. He has deep knowledge of the Louisiana legal system and can help defend your case in court to fight for your freedom and hopefully achieve a more positive outcome in your case.
What is a prostitution charge in Louisiana?
Prostitution is considered the act of performing sexual acts for compensation like money, items, or favors. Another legal definition of prostitution can also be the solicitation by one person of another person with the intent to perform sexual acts for compensation like money, items or favors. Included in the prostitution law are many other acts that fall under the prostitution umbrella of charges. These can include inciting prostitution, promoting prostitution, promoting prostitution by massage, and pandering. All of these can face the same charges as general prostitution and should not be taken lightly as criminal charges either. Prostitution charges can be hard to be determined depending on the evidence present as well as whether there was actually intent behind the sexual activities to receive compensation or whether the compensation was completely unrelated to the sexual activities. The prosecutor will have to decide whether the two were related to make sure the charges are legitimate.
What is an example of prostitution?
A very common instance of prostitution occurs in bigger cities like Baton Rouge in which a prostitute will approach you on street corners or in cars and ask if you’d like to take part in sexual activities if you pay them. This happens fairly often in crowded parts of the city like downtown or where the bars and parties are located. Another common example of prostitution can take place when paying for sexual activities at a massage parlor. These activities fall under prostitution charges even though they may be considered part of the massage. Since they are paid for, you can still be caught and charged for prostitution which is a serious crime with heavy penalties.
What are the penalties for prostitution in Louisiana?
Prostitution is a very serious crime both federally and in Louisiana. If you are caught and charged with prostitution in Baton Rouge, the punishments are quite severe and should not be taken lightly. They can drastically alter the future of your life and the lives of your loved ones. The penalties for general prostitution charges in Louisiana are as follows:
– 1st offense: Up to 6 months of prison time and/or $500 in fines
– 2nd offense: Up to 2 years of prison time with or without hard labor, and/or between $250 and $2,000 in fines
– 3+ offenses: Up to 4 years of prison time with or without hard labor, and/or between $500 and $4,000 in fines
However, if a minor is involved in the prostitution charge then the penalties are greatly increased because the crime becomes much more serious and criminal. If the minor involved is under 14 then the penalties are as follows:
– Be fined not more than $75,000, imprisoned at hard labor for not less than 25 years nor more than fifty years, or both.
If the minor involved is between the ages of 14 and 17, then the penalties for prostitution charges are as follows:
– Be fined not more than $50,000, imprisoned at hard labor for not less than 15 years nor more than fifty years, or both
How can we help?
Prostitution is a very common activity in large cities all across the country. One place that is an example of this is Baton Rouge, Louisiana. There are many charges and criminal proceedings for prostitution in the Baton Rouge area every year. If you have recently been charged with prostitution, it is very important that you seek legal assistance immediately. Carl Barkemeyer, Criminal Defense Attorney has been defending prostitution cases for many years and has deep knowledge of the prostitution laws in Louisiana. Mr. Barkemeyer can help build a case for you that could potentially attain a more ideal result from your court case that would positively affect the quality of your life in the future. Penalties for prostitution are very strict in Louisiana and should not be scoffed at. They can include many years of prison time and thousands and thousands of dollars in fines. However, a defense can be mounted that includes disputing the evidence and disputing the relation between payment and sexual activities. The legal team at the office of Carl Barkemeyer can help fight for your freedom and potentially defend you in court against these penalties. If you are facing prostitution charges in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, contact us at (225) 964-6720 to discuss legal representation immediately to help attain the most ideal outcome from your case.
More on Prostitution in Louisiana
(1) The practice by a person of indiscriminate sexual intercourse with others for compensation.
(2) The solicitation by one person of another with the intent to engage in indiscriminate sexual intercourse with the latter for compensation.
- Prostitution; persons under seventeen; additional offenses: It shall be unlawful for any person over the age of seventeen to engage in sexual intercourse with any person under the age of seventeen who is practicing prostitution, and there is an age difference of greater than two years between the two persons. Lack of knowledge of the latter person’s age shall not be a defense.
- Soliciting For Prostitutes: the soliciting, inviting, inducing, directing or transporting a person to any place with the intention of promoting prostitution.
- Inciting Prostitution: the aiding, abetting, or assisting in an enterprise for profit in which:
(1) Customers are charged a fee for services which include prostitution, regardless of what portion of the fee is actually for the prostitution services,
(2) When the person knows or when a reasonable person in such a position should know that such aiding, abetting, or assisting is for prostitution, and
(3) When the proceeds or profits are to be in any way divided by the prostitute and the person aiding, abetting, or assisting the prostitute.
- Promoting Prostitution: the knowing and willful control of, supervision of, or management of an enterprise for profit in which customers are charged a fee for services which include prostitution, regardless of what portion of the fee is actually for the prostitution services.
- Prostitution By Massage: the erotic stimulation of the genital organs of another by any masseur, masseuse, or any other person, whether resulting in orgasm or not, by instrumental manipulation, touching with the hands, or other bodily contact exclusive of sexual intercourse or unnatural carnal copulation, when done for money. As used in this Section, the terms: (1) “Masseur” means a male who practices massage or physiotherapy, or both. (2) “Masseuse” means a female who practices massage or physiotherapy, or both.
- Massage; sexual conduct prohibited: It shall be unlawful for any masseur, masseuse, or any other person, while in a massage parlor or any other enterprise used as a massage parlor, by stimulation in an erotic manner, to:
(1) Expose, touch, caress, or fondle the genitals, anus, or pubic hairs of any person or the nipples of the female breast; or
(2) To perform any acts of sadomasochistic abuse, flagellation, or torture in the context of sexual conduct.
- Pandering is the intentional:
(1) Enticing, placing, persuading, encouraging, or causing the entrance of any person into the practice of prostitution, either by force, threats, promises, or by any other device or scheme;
(2) Maintaining a place where prostitution is habitually practiced;
(3) Detaining any person in any place of prostitution by force, threats, promises, or by any other device or scheme;
(4) Receiving or accepting by a person as a substantial part of support or maintenance anything of value which is known to be from the earnings of any person engaged in prostitution;
(5) Consenting, on the part of any parent or tutor of any person, to the person’s entrance or detention in the practice of prostitution; or
(6) Transporting any person from one place to another for the purpose of promoting the practice of prostitution.
- Letting Premises for Prostitution: is the granting of the right of use or the leasing of any premises, knowing that they are to be used for the practice of prostitution, or allowing the continued use of the premises with such knowledge.
- Enticing Persons into Prostitution: is committed when any person over the age of seventeen entices, places, persuades, encourages, or causes the entrance of any other person under the age of twenty-one into the practice of prostitution, either by force, threats, promises, or by any other device or scheme. Lack of knowledge of the other person’s age shall not be a defense.
Because the internet has changed the face of prostitution, there are many new issues that must be dealt with in a prostitution prosecution. Mr. Barkemeyer has the experience and knowledge to effectively represent clients charged with these crimes.
In the major Louisiana cities, especially Baton Rouge and New Orleans, law enforcement agencies have been making numerous prostitution arrests using any number of undercover methods, including:
- Sting Operations – Wearing provocative clothing and posing as prostitutes, police officers use this roadside method to lure would-be customers off the street and into the bedroom, only to be arrested for prostitution.
- Prostitution Ring Breakups – Using the reverse tactic from sting operations, police officers pose as customers seeking to find sex for hire. Once inside the supposed massage parlors or with the personal escort, the police will make arrests upon determining the falsehood of the organization.
- Sex Online – Many websites offer services for companionship as a cover up for prostitution. Acting as potential customers for these Internet-based sites, law enforcement agencies are able to distinguish the legal from the illegal and make prostitution arrests accordingly. In Baton Rouge, law enforcement is especially targeting online personal profile ads, such as those seen on Craig’s List.org and Backpage. With increasing Internet usage, sex-oriented websites are under close scrutiny for suspicious illegal sexual activities.
Prostitution Lawyer in Baton Rouge
There are many defenses available to the crimes of prostitution, solicitation, and pandering. Each case is different and defenses to these crimes depend on what type of evidence is available. Your first line of defense is to contact a skilled Louisiana criminal attorney right away. Your lawyer will evaluate the evidence and witnesses, question the appropriate persons, and work with you on building your case. The criminal defense attorneys at the law office of Carl Barkemeyer will act immediately to preserve any evidence favorable to the defense.
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The Louisiana solicitation and prostitution defense lawyers at the law office of Carl Barkemeyer provide criminal defense for those individuals accused of solicitation, prostitution, and other sex crimes in the Parish of East Baton Rouge, as well as Livingston, Ascension, West Baton Rouge, Iberville, East Feliciana, West Feliciana, and Tangipahoa parishes. If you have been arrested or charged with an act of prostitution or solicitation please contact our office as soon as possible.
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