On May 2, 2012, Howard County Police arrested eight men on prostitution charges on U. S. Route 1 in Laurel, according to a police department spokesperson. The Laurel prostitution arrests resulted from a “reverse prostitution” operation. Female police officers worked under cover in plain clothes and posed as prostitutes. Men were arrested on charges that they allegedly solicited prostitution.
What are the Penalties for Solicitation of Prostitution in Maryland?
Under Maryland law, it is illegal to solicit for prostitution. The crime is a misdemeanor. If convicted, the court can impose imprisonment not exceeding 1 year, or a fine not exceeding $500.00, or both.
Howard County Prostitution Arrest Photos
Many jurisdictions publish prostitution arrest photos in local newspapers, including alleged “johns” or prospective customers of prostitutes, as well as the alleged prostitutes. The apparent purpose is to subject the people depicted in the photos to public shame and embarrassment, as a way of deterring them and others from engaging in similar conduct. Thus far, Howard County Police have issued press releases with the names of those arrested, but not their prostitution arrest photos.
What to do if you are Involved in Prostitution Arrests
If you or a family member has been arrested and charged with prostitution, or solicitation for prostitution, you need an experienced criminal defense lawyer. Many solicitation of prostitution cases hinge on whether the person arrested was directly soliciting prostitution, or whether they were entrapped by the words or conduct of an undercover police officer.
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Mr. Smith is a top rated attorney and former prosecutor with more than 30 yearsof extensive trial experience. Attorney Smith has handled thousands of criminal cases in the local courts, including cases involving solicitation for prostitution and prostitution. With a solid and longstanding reputation for personal service and thorough preparation, we get many of our new cases as referrals from existing or former clients, or from other attorneys. Mr. Smith fights hard for his clients. That’s why many satisfied clients think so highly of him.
Mr. Smith’s extensive trial experience — and track record of successful results in prostitution, and other criminal cases— has earned him the recognition of his peers, with an AV® Preeminent™* Peer Review Rating in the Martindale-Hubbell peer review rating process, and a 10.0 Superb AVVO rating. These are the highest ratings possible for legal skill, ethical practice, lawyer’s years in practice, disciplinary history, professional achievements and industry recognition. Attorney Smith is considered to be one of the best criminal lawyers in Howard County.
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Attorney Jonathan Scott Smith represents clients in prostitution, solicitation for prostitution, as well as other criminal defense matters, DUI / DWI, MVA Hearings, traffic offenses, domestic violence and child abuse charges throughout Maryland, including the cities of Columbia, Clarksville, Sykesville, Fulton, Elkridge, Frederick, Mt. Airy, Ellicott City, Laurel, Westminster, and Baltimore. Lawyer Smith also provides experienced legal representation for clients in Baltimore County, Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, Prince Georges (Prince George) County, Howard County and Montgomery County, MD.