The long-standing debate regarding whether to decriminalize adult sex work, solicitation, and prostitution is ongoing, but these are still crimes in Colorado:

Solicitation (C.R.S 18-2-301): offering payment for sex.

Prostitution (C.R.S. 18-7-201): asking for money in exchange for sex.

Both are Class 3 misdemeanors, punishable by up to 6 months in jail and $750 in fines.

You don’t necessarily have to engage in sexual contact in exchange for money to be charged with solicitation or prostitution.  You can simply enter a location with intent to engage in sexual contact or arrange a meeting for the purpose of engaging in sexual contact. Patronizing a prostitute (C.R.S. 18-7-205) is also a crime in Colorado.

If you have been charged with a solicitation or prostitution offense, call (720) 445-9779, ext. 1, or email us at [email protected]

Aggravating Factors in Solicitation & Prostitution Cases

As with most crimes, multiple convictions of the same solicitation and prostitution charges, compounds jail time and fines. With two or more prior convictions for solicitation, a third or subsequent charge is bumped up to a Class 6 felony and is punishable by up to 18 months in prison and fines of up to $100,000.

Additionally, being HIV/AIDS-positive at the time of the crime of solicitation or prostitution increases the charge to a felony with fines up to $100,000.

Other Prostitution-Related Crimes in Colorado 

Pimping (C.R.S. 18-7-206) is another sex-related crime in Colorado. Pimping is defined as supported by money or other items of value received or realized by any other person through prostitution. Pimping is a Class 3 felony punishable by up to 12 years in prison, up to $750,000 in fines, and 5 years of parole.

Pandering (C.R.S. 18-7-203) is another sex-related crime in Colorado. Pandering is forcing someone else to commit sexual acts for money or another thing of value without their consent.  Felony pandering includes aspects of intimidation or menacing and is a Class 5 felony punishable by either 1 to 3 years in prison or a probationary sentence to be determined by the court, and fines of up to $100,000. Misdemeanor pandering is arranging a situation where someone can practice prostitution and is punishable by up to 6 months jail time and fines of up to $750.

Keeping a place of prostitution (C.R.S. 18-7-204) is another sex-related crime. It is illegal to own or control a place and knowingly allow others to practice prostitution in that place. Keeping a place of prostitution is a Class 2 misdemeanor, punishable by up to 12 months jail and fines of up to $1000.

The solicitation for child prostitution (C.R.S. 18-7-402), patronizing a prostituted child (C.R.S. 18-7-406), pimping of a child (C.R.S. 18-7-405), or pandering of a child (C.R.S. 18-7-403) are all Class 3 felonies, punishable by up to 12 years in prison and fines of up to $750,000.

Our Approach to Defending Solicitation and Prostitution Cases 

Police often use “sting” operations to catch people allegedly engaging in prostitution and solicitation. There are very specific rules law enforcement need to follow regarding these operations and the evidence obtained from these “stings.” For example, police can sometimes unlawfully engage in entrapment, or conduct unlawful searches of you, your car, home, business and computer or electronic devices.

Police “sting” operations involving prostitution also may exceed the boundaries of proper police investigation or violate their own law enforcement agency’s policies and procedures. Other evidence available, such as audio and video evidence, may contradict what police have alleged in written reports.

There also may be life circumstances specific to your case that involve you personally that may help explain a one-time error in judgment if you did actually engage in solicitation or prostitution, which might result in a reduced charge and sentence. Depending on the outcome of your case, the Peak Legal team can also assist you in trying to seal your prostitution and solicitation cases under C.R.S. 24-72-706.

You need attorneys who will leave no stone unturned in defense of your solicitation or prostitution case. Attorneys Narum and Cohen are always detail-oriented, thorough, and personalized in their legal representation.

If you have been charged with a solicitation or prostitution offense, call (720) 445-9779, ext. 1, or email us at [email protected]

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