Understanding Iowa's Prostitution Laws

While most cases of solicitation for prostitution in Iowa are considered aggravated misdemeanors, not felonies, for defendants charged with this crime, it is often the first arrest of their lives. If this describes your situation, you are probably concerned that your career, family, reputation and livelihood may all be at risk.

Our firm, Spellman Law, P.C., works with clients charged with prostitution and solicitation of prostitution and provides them with a vigorous defense delivered in a compassionate and nonjudgmental fashion. We review the context of your arrest and advise you of your best options going into court, whether that is a plea deal, a reduced charge, or fighting for an acquittal.

The Legal Implications Of A Prostitution Arrest

Many prostitution arrests are the result of "sting" operations designed by law enforcement to disrupt human trafficking. If you are arrested at the aggravated misdemeanor level, you could face a sentence of up to two years in prison, and/or a fine of up to $6,250. But if the person you are accused of arranging to pay for sex with was a minor, you could be charged with a class D felony and face up to five years in prison.

There are several ways to construct a viable solicitation defense, depending on the specific circumstances of your arrest. Some of the most common approaches to challenging the state's case against you include:

  • Entrapment and police misconduct
  • False allegations
  • Insufficient evidence, including a lack of compensation traded for sex
  • Lack of criminal intent to exchange sex for money

Call Us At 515-222-4330 To Hire Us As Your Prostitution Attorney

The brother-and-sister team of lawyers at our firm will provide you with the answers you need when you are facing an arrest or an upcoming court date. Call our offices in West Des Moines, Iowa, at 515-222-4330 or email us using our online contact form to set up a free introductory consultation.