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"I defend people facing prostitution related charges in Multnomah County, Washington County, and Clackamas County courts."

I just got arrested / cited for an Oregon prostitution charge.  What happens now?


If you were arrested for a prostitution, patronizing a prostitute, or unlawful prostitution procurement activities (UPPA) charge, you were probably given a citation or release agreement directing you to appear in court at a future date.  Each of these offenses is a misdemeanor crime.  You must appear at the date and time noted or a warrant will be issued for your arrest.  In certain counties, such as Multnomah County, Clackamas County, and, sometimes, Washington County, if you hire a private attorney prior to your first appearance on a misdemeanor charge, your lawyer may be able to appear on your behalf.


If you were arrested for a promoting prostitution or compelling prostitution, you will most likely be booked into custody and brought before a judge the next business day.  These are felony crimes and require your personal appearance.  Compelling prostitution is a Measure 11 offense and usually has a high bail amount.


How is the crime of patronizing a prostitute committed?

A person commits the crime of patronizing a prostitute if a person pays, or offers or agrees to pay, a fee to engage in sexual conduct or sexual contact.

Under the code of the City of Portland, it is unlawful for any person to engage in any "prostitution procurement activity" with an intent to induce, entice, solicit, procure, locate, or contact another person to commit an act of prostitution.  "Prostitution procurement activity" means any conduct by any person that constitutes a substantial step in furtherance of an act of prostitution.  Such activity includes, but is not limited to, lingering in or near any street or public place, repeatedly circling an area in a motor vehicle, or repeatedly beckoning to, contacting, or attempting to stop pedestrians or motor vehicle operators.

UPPA is only a crime in the City of Portland as it is a violation of Portland's city code and not state statute. 


How much jail time will I have to do if I am convicted?

By definition, conviction of any criminal offense comes with the possibility of jail / prison time.  However, some convictions result in no custody sentence, and that is often the case with the crimes of prostitution and unlawful prostitution procurement activities.  The amount of incarceration (jail) received will depend on a number of factors, including (but not limited to) the following:

•  the crime for which you're convicted;

•  your criminal history, if any;

•  which Oregon county or municipal court your case is in;

•  what judge you are sentenced by;

•  whether the judge feels you have accepted responsibility for your actions.


The felony crime of promoting prostitution comes with the possibility of jail time or prison time depending on a number of factors.  Persons convicted of compelling prostitution face a minimum sentence of 70 months in prison under Ballot Measure 11.


I am cited to appear in "community court" in Multnomah County.  What does this mean?


If you were arrested for a misdemeanor prostitution related offense in Multnomah County, you may be cited to appear in community court.  Community court offers eligible defendants the opportunity to obtain a dismissal of a prositution / UPPA charge if they remain crime free for six months and attend an expensive one day Johns' Class.


How can I avoid a conviction for prostitution?


Aside from the Multnomah County Community Court program, the only way to avoid a prostitution conviction is usually to take your case to trial and win. 


The best way to avoid a conviction of course is to not get arrested for the charge.  Numerous local law enforcement agencies (Portland Police / Tigard P.D.) are conducting periodic undercover sting operations.  These operations usually involve an undercover officer posting an ad.  A "deal" is then made with a prospective John over a recorded telephone call or through an email / text message exchange.  When the John arrives at the meeting place (usually a hotel / motel room / house), he is greeted by a number of arresting officers.  His cell phone is then seized and searched for the telephone number and / or text messages.


In another twist, law enforcement officers sometimes ask the John to bring some type of controlled substance.  If done, this usually results in one or more felony charges for DCS (delivery of a controlled substance) and PCS (possession of a controlled substance).  Suburban cities (including Tigard and Beaverton) with absolutely no prostitution problems use these stings so that their agencies can issue a press release and make a media splash. 


Can I expunge or seal a prostitution conviction?


Prostitution and UPPA arrests and convictions are eligible to be expunged or sealed if the applicant meets the eligibility requirements.  A conviction for compelling prostitution cannot be expunged. 


How do I contact David Lesh for help with my prostitution case?


Mr. Lesh does not charge for an initial consultation.  Call his office at 503.546.2928 to speak with him.  Mr. Lesh's office is located at 434 NW 19th Avenue in Portland.


Call Mr. Lesh today for a consultation.
David N Lesh
Oregon Prostitution Lawyer
Former Oregon prosecutor
No cost initial consultation

434 NW 19th Avenue
Portland, OR  97209




David Lesh Mini Biography

Oregon attorney since 1990;

Former Multnomah County prosecutor;

Former Portland Police Bureau;

Sought after criminal defense attorney.





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