Have you been arrested for solicitation or patronizing a prostitute? The KC Traffic Lawyer, Timothy R. Tompkins, handles all types of misdemeanors in the Kansas City metropolitan area. One such charge that is on the rise in our area is solicitation or patronizing a prostitute.

Common Prostitution Stings in KC

As you most likely know,  it is against the law to solicit or patronize a prostitute in Kansas City. What you may not know is that several jurisdictions in the area operate “stings,” which is when law enforcement or a court go undercover to catch people in the act of soliciting or patronizing a prostitute.

The following jurisdictions operate stings in the Kansas City metro area: Kansas City, Missouri; Kansas City, Kansas; Lenexa, Kansas; Merriam, Kansas; Overland Park, Kansas; and Independence, Missouri.

The KC Traffic Lawyer has represented clients in all of the above jurisdictions on the charges of either patronizing a prostitute or soliciting one. By far, the biggest sting operation is Kansas City, Missouri, which is followed by Overland Park. The vice squad places an ad in either Pitch Weekly’s, Craigslist, or both. Here are a couple of common ad headlines: 

  • OPKS STING: NO MORE COLD SHOWERS...COME CHILL WITH JASMINE FOR AN HOUR - w5m-19 (opk/johnson county** 1st Timer Friendly)

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Both ads represented prices that are either below average or average for market pricing in Kansas City, and both ads left the face to the imagination. Once the client arrived at the hotel or apartment meeting spot, the police decoy or informant tried to get the client to talk. Then, when the police decoy believed that the illegal activity has been agreed upon, the police decoy went to the bathroom to “get more comfortable.” That’s when police stormed the room.

How to Avoid Prostitution Stings

If you have been caught in this type of sting, you need legal experience that counts. Call Timothy R. Tompkins to learn more about your options. And remember my three commandments: 

  1. Avoid ads that are in-call only and never show the face.
  2. Remember that, if it is a legitimate provider, they know what you want. If she is asking a lot of questions, that is a warning sign.
  3. If the police arrest you, remain silent. Anything you say can be used against you in a court of law.

Always avoid ads that say anything about 1st timers. Also, Lenexa and Overland Park are known to use known providers that have been previously arrested, so be especially cautious. Give me a call to learn more about what you can do after being charged with soliciting or patronizing a prostitute. You may have made a mistake, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be undone.

Prostitution Attorney in Kansas City

Attorney Timothy R. Tompkins is a native of the Kansas City area. He treats every client with the personal attention their situation demands and deserves. He is committed to effectively representing clients through each stage of the case, from requesting initial police reports to negotiating plea agreements to going to trial when necessary. If you’ve received a traffic violation or have committed a misdemeanor in the KC metro, you deserve quality legal representation. Contact the KC Traffic Lawyer for a case consultation today.