Nevada has criminalized prostitution or solicitation of prostitution outside of a licensed house of prostitution. Prostitution-related offenses are defined in Chapter 201 of Title 15, which is the Chapter of Nevada’s criminal code that defines all different types of crimes against morality and public decency.
Prostitution includes engaging in sexual conduct in exchange for money or items of value, or offering to engage in such conduct in exchange for valuable items even if no sexual contact is actually made. Solicitation involves offering or providing money or other items of value in exchange for sexual conduct. Prostitution is generally considered a misdemeanor offense under Nevada Revised Statute section 201.354, except in circumstances where a person solicits a child for purposes of prostitution in which case the offense is a felony.
However, Nevada law has made it a much more serious crime to engage in prostitution or to solicit a prostitute after a positive HIV test. The law related to prostitution or solicitation after a positive HIV test is found in Nevada Revised Statute section 201.358.
If you have been accused of any prostitution or solicitation offense, especially an offense under N.R.S. 201.358, it is important that you reach out to a Vegas criminal defense lawyer for help as soon as possible so you can try to fight charges or create a strategic plan to reduce penalties through the negotiation of a plea agreement. LV Criminal Defense is here to help, so give us a call today to find out about the ways in which our compassionate and knowledgeable legal team can defend your rights when you’ve been accused of violating the law.
According to Nevada Revised Statute section 201.358, you can found guilty of the offense of prostitution after testing positive for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) if you work as a prostitute in a licensed house of prostitution or if you engage in prostitution outside of a licensed house of prostitution in violation of N.R.S. 201.354. You must have received actual notice that you tested positive for exposure to HIV on a test that has been approved by the State Board of Health.
If you have received notice of your exposure to HIV and you continue to work as a prostitute or you solicit a prostitute, you could be found guilty of a Category B felony. The penalty for this Category B felony could include imprisonment in a state prison for a minimum period of two years time and for a maximum prison term of 10 years. In addition to this lengthy prison sentence, you could also be fined up to $10,000. The felony conviction can affect your future even after your release, and the mandatory two year minimum jail term means that it is very likely that you will have to go to prison if you are convicted since the judge has limited leniency to give you a lesser sentence.
Nick Wooldridge has a long track record of representing clients accused of serious federal and state crimes in Nevada.
Being convicted of a felony offense for engaging in prostitution or for soliciting a prostitute after exposure to HIV can cause your life to be derailed as you face large fines and a lengthy jail term. You want to do everything possible to fight for your future, which means reaching out to a Vegas criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible when accusations of wrongdoing have been made.