If you have been charged with prostitution in the state of Tennessee you will want to quickly obtain legal councel to determine the best course of action in your case.
Prostitution under Tennessee law is defined as engaging in, or offering to engage in, sexual activity as a business or being an inmate in a house of prostitution or loitering in a public place for the purpose of being hired to engage in sexual activity. Should any of those conditions be met, a charge of prostitution can be levied against the defendant.
The charge of prostitution is most commonly brought as a Class B misdemeanor. Extenuating circumstances, such as engaging in prostitution near a church or school, can cause the charge to be upgraded to a Class A misdemeanor. Anyone convicted of prostitution within 1.5 miles of a school is automatically subject to a minimum seven day jail sentence, in addition to any other penalties that are handed down.
You should not try to fight prostitution charges alone. An experienced criminal defense attorney will be able to accurately interpret the laws and provide you with the best course of action. Contact the office of Gregory P. Issacs today at 865-673-4953 and start your free consultation right away.