Prostitution and Solicitation

Prostitution and Solicitation Charges in Columbia, South Carolina

Criminal prostitution and solicitation charges merit an immediate call to a criminal defense attorney. Only with the help of experienced lawyers can you effectively navigate the criminal justice system to guarantee defense of your rights.

Since 1996, the experienced lawyers of the Strom Law Firm have defended the rights of people through the criminal justice system. Our attorneys have experience defending various types of criminal charges and will begin to utilize our professional resources as soon as we begin working on your case.

South Carolina has many jails and detention centers, many of which are frequented by the attorneys of the Strom Law Firm.

There are various detention centers and police stations where an alleged offender may be held after being arrested.. Detention Centers in South Carolina are numerous, and include the Lexington County Detention Center and the Greenville County Detention Center. Our attorneys have experience with nearly every venue in SC and are willing to travel to defend your rights.

An arresting officer may work for any of several law enforcement agencies.

Gavel on TableAny law enforcement agency may make an arrest and file criminal charges. In South Carolina, there are many law enforcement agencies that you may encounter, including SLED (South Carolina Law Enforcement Division), South Carolina Highway Patrol, county agencies, and various city/town agencies. Once any of these agencies makes an arrest, the alleged offender will be taken to one of any number of detention centers or police stations, depending on which agency is making the arrest. Our attorneys have extensive experience throughout South Carolina and Georgia, and have traveled to many of these detention centers.

Contacting a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible is a vital part of any criminal defense. The attorneys at the Strom Law Firm may be an essential part of your defense, even before a trial takes place.

Defending Against Your Prostitution and Solicitation Charges in South Carolina

Prostitution and solicitation charges in South Carolina can be complicated and involve an array of legal issues. Whether you are the person offering a sexual service, or the person accepting sexual service, you can be charged with prostitution and/or solicitation. In order to be charged with this crime, a completed sexual service is not required, and an agreement or offer is enough to support this charge.

Prostitution and Solicitation Under South Carolina Law

Under South Carolina law, it is unlawful to:

  1. Engage in prostitution;
  2. Aid or abet prostitution knowingly;
  3. Procure or solicit for the purpose of prostitution;
  4. Expose indecently the private person for the purpose of prostitution or other indecency;
  5. Reside in, enter or remain in any place, structure, building, vehicle, trailer or conveyance for the purpose of lewdness, assignation or prostitution;
  6. Keep or set up a house of ill fame, brothel or bawdyhouse;
  7. Receive any person for purposes of lewdness, assignation or prostitution into any vehicle, conveyance, trailer, place, structure or building;
  8. Permit any person to remain for the purpose of lewdness, assignation or prostitution in any vehicle, conveyance, trailer, place, structure or building;
  9. Direct, take or transport, offer or agree to take or transport or aid or assist in transporting any person to any vehicle, conveyance, trailer, place, structure or building or to any other person with knowledge or having reasonable cause to believe that the purpose of such directing, taking or transporting is prostitution, lewdness or assignation;
  10. Lease or rent or contract to lease or rent any vehicle, conveyance, trailer, place, structure or building or part thereof believing or having reasonable cause to believe that it is intended to be used for any of the purposes herein prohibited; or
  11. Aid, abet, or participate knowingly in the doing of any of the acts herein prohibited.

Prostitution and Solicitation Penalties


  • First Offense: Max $200 fine, or 30 days in jail.
  • Second Offense: Max $1,000 fine or max 6 months in jail, or both.
  • Third Offense, or subsequent: Max $3,000 fine, minimum 1 year in jail, or both.

The Strom Law Firm Can Help with Prostitution and Solicitation Charges

If you have been charged with solicitation, prostitution, or solicitation of a minor, contact the criminal defense attorneys at the Strom Law Firm, LLC today for a free consultation to discuss the facts of your case. Based in Columbia, SC, our law firm has practiced throughout South Carolina for 16 years, and our criminal defense attorneys have a strong understanding of the complexities of federal sex crimes legislation. Contact us today for help. 803.252.4800.

About Columbia, South Carolina

Columbia, the state capital of South Carolina, also serves as the county seat of Richland County, one of the largest counties in South Carolina. Richland County is home to numerous important landmarks including the Fort Jackson Army Base and the Supreme Court of South Carolina.|

south-carolina-welcomes-youAlso located in Columbia is the largest U.S. Army installation for Basic Combat Training, a U.S. Army base named Fort Jackson. Fort Jackson trains 50% of all soldiers, including 60% of all women entering the Army each year. Fort Jackson, primarily utilized as a training facility, sees over 35,000 potential soldiers each year and is home to over 12,000 military families, contributing largely to Columbia’s economy.

The University of South Carolina, the state flagship university of South Carolina, is the proud home of the Gamecocks. The UofSC educates over 32,000 students per year on its Columbia campus. The university and city of Columbia are partners, as the university produces important economic growth and Columbia is ranked as the #3 college town in the United States.

Various natural landmarks run through Columbia. Multiple rivers, including the Congaree River, Little River, and Wateree River each run through Columbia, which is also home to Congaree National Park. Kayaking, sailing, biking, and swimming are all popular attractions at these natural locations and provide entertainment and attractions for local residents and visitors.

Nightlife is an active part of the Columbia social scene. Five Points, the Vista, and Main Street give patrons many options to choose from. Main Street is currently undergoing a renaissance, hosting many popular Columbia events such as Restaurant Week, Famously Hot New Year, the Soda City Market, and Oktoberfest. Competing districts Five Points and The Vista offer different attractions to different crowds, including the university students and young urban professionals. There is no shortage of exciting activity in Columbia.

DUI arrests in Richland County may be made by South Carolina Highway Patrol or any other law enforcement agency. After arrest, charges may be heard by any of a variety of courts, including Central Magistrate, or City. A local police station or the Alvin S. Glenn detention center may hold alleged offenders directly after their arrest. After a short period of time in detention, a bond hearing will be set. Contacting an attorney from the very beginning of your case only helps that attorney defend your rights, including at the bond hearing.

Our attorneys frequently have significant experience in The City of Columbia City Court, located at 811 Washington St., Columbia, SC 29201, and Central Court, located at 1701 Main St., Columbia, SC 29201. Our attorneys also frequently visit the Alvin S. Glenn detention center, located at 201 John Mark Dial Dr., Columbia, SC 29209.

Interstates and Freeways comprise many of the roads into and out from Columbia. I-20, I-26, and I-77 each run through Richland County, and two other major interstates (I-85 and I-95) run nearby through other counties in South Carolina. The major cities and towns of South Carolina are covered by this interstate and highway system, which also runs through many smaller towns and communities.

Contact the Strom Law Firm immediately after you are arrested.

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