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Washington County Prostitution Attorney

Prostitution is not a victimless crime, paying for sex is a criminal act in Washington County, where a prostitution related conviction 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 completely destroy a person’s life and personal credibility. 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, Multnomah County and the following cities in Washington County:

Prostitution Related Crimes

Washington 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.

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 experienced Washington 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.