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Clackamas County Prostitution Defense Lawyer

It’s a common misconception that prostitution is a victimless crime, where being caught in the act results in little more than a slap on the wrist. In reality, paying for sex is a criminal act in Clackamas County. A prostitution related conviction in Clackamas county can result in a criminal record, personal and public humiliation, loss of employment, high fines, and in many cases jail time. Even a less serious Class A Misdemeanor prostitution offense can turn your life upside down.

The Criminal Defense law firm of Rhett Bernstein employs former prosecutors, former law enforcement officers, and former forensic experts. Rhett Bernstein defends clients throughout the state of Oregon, including Multnomah County, Clackamas County, Washington County, and all Portland-area municipal courts in the following counties and cities:

Clackamas County

  • Boring
  • Canby
  • Clackamas
  • Damascus
  • Estacada
  • Gladstone
  • Happy Valley
  • Lake Oswego
  • Milwaukie
  • Molalla
  • Oregon City
  • Sandy
  • Tualatin
  • West Linn

Clackamas county prostitution attorney Rhett Bernstein has extensive experience in Measure 11 sex crime and prostitution-related felony defense. Contact defense attorney Rhett Bernstein right away if you or someone you know has been charged with any of the following prostitution related crimes:

Prostitution

Engaging in, offering or agreeing to engage in, sexual conduct or sexual contact in return for a fee.

Commercial Sexual Solicitation

Paying, offering to pay, or agreeing to pay a fee to engage in sexual conduct or sexual contact.

Promoting Prostitution

Knowingly promoting prostitution by owning, controlling, managing, supervising, or maintaining a prostitution location or business; causing someone to engage in prostitution or stay in a place of prostitution; or engaging in activity that helps a prostitution based business.

Trafficking in Persons

Attempting or knowingly recruiting, enticing, harboring, transporting, providing or obtaining by any means, or to recruit, entice, harbor, transport, provide or obtain by any means, another person, while knowing the other person will be subjected to involuntary servitude.

Purchasing Sex with a Minor

Paying, offering to pay, or agreeing to pay a fee to engage in sexual intercourse or contact with a minor.

Buying or Selling a Person Under 18

Buying, selling, bartering, trading, or offering to buy or sell the legal or physical custody of a person under the age of 18 years.

Using a Child in a Display of Sexually Explicit Conduct

Employing, authorizing, permitting, compling or inducing a child to participate or engage in sexually explicit conduct for any person to observe or to record in a visual recording.

Compelling Prostitution

Knowingly using force or intimidation to compel another to engage in prostitution or attempted prostitution; inducing or causing a person under the age of 18 to engage in prostitution; aiding or facilitating the commission of prostitution or attempted prostitution by a person under the age of 18 years; or inducing or causes the spouse, child or stepchild of the person to engage in prostitution.

Penalties

Crime Classification Penalty
ORS 167.007 - Prostitution Class A Misdemeanor $6,250 in fines and up to 1 year in jail
ORS 167.008 - Commercial Sexual Solicitation Class A Misdemeanor $6,250 in fines and up to 1 year in jail
ORS 167.012 - Promoting Prostitution Class C Felony $125,000 and up to 5 years in prison
ORS 163.266 - Trafficking in Persons Class B Felony $250,000 in fines and up to 10 years in prison
ORS 163.413 - Purchasing Sex with a Minor (first offense) Class C Felony $125,000 and up to 5 years in prison
ORS 163.537 - Buying or Selling a Person Under 18 Class B Felony $250,000 in fines and up to 10 years in prison
Measure 11 Minimum Sentence
ORS 163.413 - Purchasing Sex with a Minor (repeat offense) 5 years, 10 months
ORS 163.670 - Using a Child in a Display of Sexually Explicit Conduct 5 years, 10 months
ORS 167.017 - Compelling Prostitution 5 years, 10 months

Experienced Defense for Prostitution Related Crimes

A prostitution related criminal conviction can result in jail time, large fines, unemployment, and sex offender registration. This type of crime will have a lasting impact on your life, dictating what type of job you are eligible for and restricting your freedom to choose where you live. If you or a loved one are facing the possibility of prostitution related charge and conviction, you must contact an experienced Clackamas County criminal defense attorney Rhett Bernstein right away. Mr. Bernstein will tell you what to expect during your court appearance and advocate for the best possible outcome in your case.


Legal Disclaimer: Nothing on this site shall be taken as legal advice. For advice on a legal matter, contact attorney Rhett Bernstein immediately for a free, confidential, no obligation consultation.

Criminal Defense attorney Rhett Bernstein is available to practice criminal law anywhere throughout the state of Oregon, including: Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington counties; as well as most municipal courts throughout the Portland Metro area.