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Multnomah County Prostitution Attorney

You probably already knew that Oregon state considers prostitution and prostitution related acts to be criminal. What you may not know however, is that there are cities within Oregon who have their own local “vice laws” in place. A vice crime is a criminal act which offends the morals of a community, vice laws are in place in order to regulate such crimes. If you or someone you know has has been charged with a prostitution related crime, it is extremely important that you speak with experienced prostitution lawyer Rhett Bernstein immediately.

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 Clackamas County, Washington County, and the following cities in Multnomah County:

Prostitution Related Crimes

Within the state of Oregon, there are some cities which have their own prostitution related city codes in addition to the already existing state wide prostitution crime laws. The city of Portland has so-called “vice crimes”, two of which cover the subject of prostitution: Loitering to Solicit Prostitution (14A.40.040) and Unlawful Prostitution Procurement Activities (14A.40.050). Both laws have broad legal definitions and the charges can be very difficult to navigate without an experienced criminal attorney on your side.

The city of Portland, which cites prostitution related crimes into Multnomah County Circuit Court, has very strict prostitution laws in place, with city code prohibiting any activity that that could be considered related to the crime of prostitution.

In Oregon, many prostitution crimes are a Class A misdemeanors punishable by up to one year in jail and a fine of $6,250. The city of Portland and other municipalities also have ordinances prohibiting activities such as "loitering" for the purpose of prostitution, and police in the area frequently conduct stings targeting both alleged johns and alleged prostitutes.

If you have been arrested for prostitution or for violating a municipal prostitution ordinance, you were probably issued a citation instructing you to appear in court at a later date. Now is the time to speak with a lawyer. With experienced and skilled legal representation, it may be possible to minimize the consequences or even get the charge dismissed.

Multnomah 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:

Definitions and Penalties

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

  • Class A Misdemeanor
  • Up to 1 year in jail and $6,250 in fines.

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

  • Class A Misdemeanor
  • Up to 1 year in jail and $6,250 in fines.

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.

Similar to misdemeanor prostitution, you can be charged with promoting prostitution if money or property was received for a sexual act, even if the act itself did not occur.

  • Class C Felony
  • Up to 5 years in prison and $125,000 in fines.

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.

  • Class B Felony
  • Up to 10 years in prison and $250,000 in fines.

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

  • First offense:
    • Class C Felony
    • Up to 5 years in prison and $125,000 in fines.
  • Repeat offense:
    • Measure 11
    • 5 years 10 months mandatory minimum sentence.

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

  • Class B Felony
  • Up to 10 years in prison and $250,000 in fines.

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

  • Measure 11
  • 5 years 10 months mandatory minimum sentence.

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.

If any force or intimidation was used to compel another person to engage in prostitution, you can be charged with compelling prostitution.

  • First offense:
    • Class B Felony
    • Up to 10 years in prison and $250,000 in fines.
  • Repeat offense:
    • Measure 11
    • 5 years 10 months mandatory minimum sentence.

Arrested for Prostitution in Multnomah County?

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, contact experienced Multnomah 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.