According to WCNC, five women in Charlotte have been arrested in connection with prostitution.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police say they received anonymous tips from people complaining about prostitution activity near Frontenac Avenue and Eastway Drive, south of The Plaza. Robberies, as well as various other incidents of crime, have been reported in the area which led police to focus attention on the vicinity.
The police say the department sent uniformed and undercover officers to saturate the area to help lead to the arrest of the prostitutes. The operation was successful from the police's point of view, as five women were arrested earlier this week and charged with various prostitution-related crimes.
Prostitution and related offenses are outlawed in the state of North Carolina. In a rather brief section of the law, North Carolina General Statutes § 14-204 defines prostitution and other related offenses including pimping and brothel ownership. Loitering is considered an offense on its own, and multiple convictions of all related offenses result in more severe penalties.
North Carolina law defines prostitution as the receiving of or the offering of the body for sexual intercourse for hire. Penalties for prostitution and patronization of a prostitute are Class 1 misdemeanor charges and result in sentences of up to 45 days in jail or a fine. Defendants may receive probation in lieu of imprisonment. Individuals with more than two convictions within a year may be convicted of a crime in the first-degree, resulting in a more severe penalty. Sentencing for first-degree crimes includes imprisonment for 1 to 3 years and a fine.
If you have been charged with a sex crime in North Carolina, you probably already know the serious consequences these allegations can have on your life. In addition to possible jail time, people often face a social stigma related to sex crimes. They also frequently encounter trouble with their families, friends and neighbors and even their jobs may be at risk.
For a North Carolina criminal defense lawyer, you can turn to the attorneys at Arnold & Smith, PLLC. These lawyers will provide you with the best possible defense against any charges brought against you. For a free consultation, please contact Arnold & Smith, PLLC today at (855) 370-2828.
"5 women busted in east Charlotte prostitution operation, police say," by Caleb Troop, published at WCNC.com.
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