I recently defended two clients in Anoka County who were charged with misdemeanor prostitution. The stakes were high as both clients had green cards and a conviction would jeopardize their chances of becoming U.S. citizens. The Coon Rapids Police Department designed an online ad to capture the attention of men interested in paying money for sex. The ad was posted on Back Pages and included the catch phrases “Ring Tia’s Bell” and “I’m a freak between the sheets. ” The ad even required a promise that anyone who responded to the ad was not a police officer. A price was listed in the ad for an hour and half hour sessions. My clients took the bait and called the number. A female police officer with a sensuous voice answered the phone and provided the location of the apartment were the sting operation was set up by police. Their phone calls were recorded and text messages copied for later use in the prosecution.
My clients arrived separately at the sting location only minutes apart. They walked up to the apartment and knocked on the door. A female police officer dressed in ordinary street clothes answered the door. Each client was invited inside the apartment by the undercover police officer. Once inside, the door closed and they were promptly handcuffed and placed under arrest by a uniformed police officer hidden behind the door. No money for sex was ever offered or exchanged by either client before their arrest. Police read each client the Miranda Warning in an attempt obtain incriminating statements regarding their intent to pay money for sex. Fortunately neither client gave a statement.
The police officers in both cases jumped the gun too soon by arresting my clients as soon as they walked in the door. No money exchanged hands and no explicit statements were ever made to establish beyond a reasonable doubt their intent to engage in prostitution. While the case was pending, I sent both clients to john school. They both successfully attended the program and arrived in court with a certificate of completion. I was able to negotiate a continuance for dismissal on both charges. Once the charges are dismissed, we will follow up with an expungement proceeding to seal all records from public view.
If you or someone you know has been charged with a prostitution offense, you will need an experienced prostitution defense attorney. Call me at (612) 339-1024 for a free phone consultation or visit my website at www.CriminalLawyerMinnesota.com for more information.