Prostitution Defense Lawyer

Being accused or investigated of soliciting sexual conduct or contact is a serious allegation, but there are many factors that can lead into the inevitable legal ramifications. In addition to the potential financial damage that can come of this accusation, there are other elements at play that you should take into account as your day in court draws closer. The accusation of commitment of the crime of prostitution is very likely to follow you in your personal and professional affairs, and should not be taken lightly. The societal consequences could be serious, and strains that this accusation can put on your personal relationships can be very damaging.

Fortunately, Jason Thompson is here to help. With years of experience and expertise defending those who have been accused of such a crime, Mr. Thompson is able to generate an effective and efficient courtroom strategy that will strengthen your defense and optimize your chances for exoneration.

The legal definition of prostitution and its related offences in the state of Oregon are as follows:


ORS 167.007

A person commits the crime of prostitution if the person engages in, or offers or agrees to engage in, sexual conduct or sexual contact in return for a fee. Prostitution is a Class A misdemeanor.

It is an affirmative defense to prosecution under this section that the defendant, at the time of the alleged offense, was a victim of the crime of trafficking in persons as described in ORS 163.266 (Trafficking in persons) (1)(b) or (c). [1971 c.743 §250; 1973 c.52 §1; 1973 c.699 §6; 2011 c.151 §1; 2017 c.246 §1]

Commercial Sexual Solicitation
ORS 167.008

A person commits the crime of commercial sexual solicitation if the person pays, or offers or agrees to pay, a fee to engage in sexual conduct or sexual contact.

(2)Commercial sexual solicitation is a Class A misdemeanor. [2011 c.151 §3; 2013 c.720 §2; 2015 c.98 §1]

Promoting Prostitution
ORS 167.012

A person commits the crime of promoting prostitution if, with intent to promote prostitution, the person knowingly:

(a)Owns, controls, manages, supervises or otherwise maintains a place of prostitution or a prostitution enterprise;

(b)Induces or causes a person to engage in prostitution or to remain in a place of prostitution;

(c)Receives or agrees to receive money, goods, property, services or something else of value, other than as a prostitute being compensated for personally rendered prostitution services, pursuant to an agreement or understanding that the money, goods, property, services or something else of value is derived from a prostitution activity; or

(d)Engages in any conduct that institutes, aids or facilitates an act or enterprise of prostitution.

(2)Promoting prostitution is a Class C felony. [1971 c.743 §251; 2016 c.10 §1]

Compelling Prostitution
ORS 167.017

(1)A person commits the crime of compelling prostitution if the person knowingly:

(a)Uses force or intimidation to compel another to engage in prostitution or attempted prostitution;

(b)Induces or causes a person under 18 years of age to engage in prostitution;

(c)Aids or facilitates the commission of prostitution or attempted prostitution by a person under 18 years of age; or

(d)Induces or causes the spouse, child or stepchild of the person to engage in prostitution.

(2)Compelling prostitution is a Class B felony.

(3)In a prosecution under subsection (1)(b) or (c) of this section, the state is not required to prove that the defendant knew the other person was under 18 years of age and it is no defense that the defendant did not know the person’s age or that the defendant reasonably believed the person to be older than 18 years of age. [1971 c.743 §252; 2011 c.334 §1; 2013 c.271 §1]

Regardless of the circumstances, Prostitution in all of its forms carries heavy legal consequences that will undoubtedly affect your life and well being if you are determined to be guilty. If you are accused or investigated of prostitution or any prostitution or sexual solicitation offense, Jason Thompson can help you formulate a solid defense strategy that will greatly improve your ability to defend yourself in the court of law. His unique combination of experience, determination, and strategy will provide you with the tools that you need to fortify your defenses and receive a fair and equal trial when it comes time to state your case.

Have you or someone you love been accused of prostitution? Contact Thompson Law immediately.

Jason Thompson
Defense Lawyer
Jason Thompson
Salem Defense Attorney
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