Allegations Of Patronizing Prostitution In Tennessee

Few crimes have a more damaging impact on a defendant’s reputation and standing in the community than a charge for patronizing prostitution.   The simple allegation can be harmful, and a conviction can be even worse for one’s family, job, and community relationships.

With the increase in the use of the internet over the past years, the world’s oldest profession has seen new ways of luring in customers.  Although authorities have limited the once-thriving escort and prostitution business on sites such as Craigslist, other sites such as Backpage.com have emerged as an online portal to link prostitutes with potential suitors.  While law enforcement still monitors illegal activity from "street walkers," many recent efforts have targeted those persons buying and selling sexual services online.

Tennessee Code Annotated § 39-13-514 (T.C.A. § 39-13-514) sets forth the law in Tennessee for those accused of patronizing prostitution.  The potential punishment for soliciting a prostitute can vary based on the location of the offense and the age of the prostitute.  For example,

  • Patronizing prostitution with no enhancing factors is a class B misdemeanor.
  • Patronizing prostitution within 100 feet of a church or within 1.5 miles of a school is a class A misdemeanor.  If the person is within 1.5 miles of school, T.C.A. § 39-13-514(b)(3) provides that the offender shall serve at least 7 days in jail and pay a minimum $1,000 fine.
  • Patronizing prostitution from a person who is less than 18 years old or with an intellectual disability is a class E felony.

If you have been charged with patronizing prostitution or soliciting sexual services in exchange for money, please contact an experienced criminal defense attorney today.  Call Norman D. McKellar today at 865-566-0125 for a free consultation.

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If you have been charged with patronizing prostitution or soliciting sexual services in exchange for money, please contact an experienced criminal defense attorney today. Attorney Norman D. McKellar from our firm has handled these types of sex crime cases successfully. He can help you, too.

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