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Traditionally referred to as solicitation, utilizing or attempting to utilize the services of a prostitute is a sex crime punishable as a misdemeanor in Washington State. Under RCW 9A.88.110, “patronizing a prostitute” is defined as paying or agreeing to pay a fee in exchange for sexual conduct. It may also include a request for another person to exchange in sexual conduct in exchange for a fee, even if such an exchange does not actually take place. These can be complex cases that involve undercover officers and sting operations that should bring the validity of resulting charges into question.

As sex crime defense lawyers, we at Perez & Perez Law, PLLC work to fight solicitation charges based on the facts of the case and all applicable physical evidence, witness testimony, legislation, and case law. We work to remain in close contact with our clients as we navigate the rough waters of prostitution charges and seek the best possible case result.

To discuss patronizing a prostitute or other prostitution charges in Washington, call (425) 748-5005.


Prostitution charges carry harsh penalties for the convicted. When you utilize the services of a Bellevue criminal attorney at Perez & Perez Law, PLLC to fight your charges, you will find that we will fight tirelessly to help you avoid such penalties as:

  • Up to 90 days in jail
  • Fines of up to $1,000
  • Probation
  • Permanent mark on your criminal record
  • Sex offender registration

Jail time, fines, and sex offender registration are all serious penalties that may affect you now and for the rest of your life. Instead of leaving your future in the hands of an inexperienced and overworked public defender, work with an experienced criminal defense team that will fight tooth and nail with the necessary resources and know-how to protect your liberty.

Contact Us at (425) 748-5005 for a free case evaluation.

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