How Common Are Prostitution And Solicitation Offenses In Kansas?
It is pretty common in the municipal courts, especially with sting operations, Shawnee county will do stings, Mission county will do stings where they put an add on a website, like on a back page or something and then lure people in and then arrest them. Those are usually patronizing cases. People get confused when they say solicitation because from TV, people think solicitation is always prostitution, but it is not. Solicitation is anytime you ever try to induce somebody else to commit a crime, whether that is soliciting a murder case, soliciting a theft or soliciting prostitution.
So the crime actually in Kansas is, as far as the most common one, is patronizing a prostitute. It is a low level misdemeanor. It is a class C misdemeanor. The worst thing can happen to you is you go to jail for thirty days. It is such a nasty charge that most people are very concerned with keeping it off their record. You can explain the DUI, you can explain even a marijuana possession, but it is very difficult to explain a patronizing a prostitute case.
Do People Have To Register As Sex Offenders For Prostitution Or Solicitation Offenses?
Usually, they are not a sex crime or anything like that like a sexual battery or sexual assault would be. They are just straight misdemeanors. There are no special requirement that you report or something like that if you get convicted of it.
Do Services Actually Have To Be Rendered For A Charge Of Prostitution Or Solicitation?
No, they virtually never are because the police officer that is setting you up generally does not perform some sort of sex act to you. What they generally do is they are going to, like I said, set up a sting on internet for people to call. They will get them to offer sex in exchange for consideration or money and then that is when they arrest them.
What Is Telephone Harassment And What Are The Potential Penalties Associated With It?
Telephone harassment is a criminal offense in Kansas. Generally, it comes out when somebody is repeatedly calling another party with intending to harass or annoy them. Usually, this is in the context of a boyfriend or girlfriend that breaks up with you or something to that effect and just keeps calling, calling you everywhere. It is kind of a rare charge. There are really two different charges. One is harassment by telecommunication device, which is a municipal offense and then the telephone harassment is going to be charged out in the district court. So there are two kinds of statutes on it.
One of the ordinances is going to say it is also going to be the exact same thing. In other words, if you are repeatedly calling somebody, or if you are sending them offensive pictures like indecent pictures, or making some sort of rude or obscene image or if you are talking dirty to them basically or saying things like that or you are intending to abuse, threaten, harass or something to that effect. So, there are different variances between the two jurisdictions. Stalking charges are going to be something like that usually if you have to frighten the person and you have to use a telephone or some sort of telecommunications device, like a fax machine, email or something to that effect.
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