According to Tennessee Code Annotated 39-13-512, prostitution involves any of the following:
- Engaging in or offering to engage in sexual activity as a business
- Being an inmate in a house of prostitution
- Loitering in a public place for the purpose of being hired to engage in sexual activity
Under Tennessee laws, prostitution and patronizing prostitution are Class B misdemeanors charges. Prostitution is punishable by up to six months in jail and/or fines of up to $500.
According to Tennessee Code Annotated 39-13-511, a person commits the offense of public indecency if, in a public place, he or she intentionally or knowingly commits any of the following acts:
- Engages in sexual intercourse, sodomy, masturbation, oral copulation, bestiality, flagellation, excretory functions, or other ultimate sex acts
- Appears in a state of nudity
- Fondles the genitals of the person or another person.
A first or second public indecency offense is a Class B misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of $500. A third or subsequent offense is a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to 11 months and 29 days in jail, a fine of $1,500, or both.
Child Sexual Abuse
According to Tennessee Code Annotated 37-1-602, child sexual abuse can be described as the commission of any act involving the unlawful sexual abuse, molestation, fondling, or carnal knowledge of a child under thirteen (13) years of age. Child sexual abuse may constitute the offense of aggravated rape, aggravated sexual battery, rape, incest, sexual battery, use of a minor for obscene purposes, or sexual exploitation of a minor.
Defining Consent under Tennessee Law
"Consent" is an agreement between two people to engage in sexual activity. The age of consent in Tennessee is 18 years. Therefore, only a person who is 18 years or older can actually give consent to sex with an adult, regardless of circumstance. Any sexual activity without consent may be considered sexual assault or rape.
Get Help from a Knowledgeable Criminal Defense Attorney
Allegations of rape, sexual assault, and other kinds of sex crimes often attract devastating ramifications and can cause long-lasting damage to your reputation, both personally and professionally. When defending a sex crime charge, having strong legal representation and an effective defense strategy that fits your unique circumstances is crucial.
At the Law Office of Joshua S. Reed, our attorneys have devoted their careers to offering reliable representation and defending individuals who have been charged with a sex crime. As your legal counsel, we will:
- Review every detail of your case
- Conduct a comprehensive, private investigation
- Determine the best legal strategy for your defense
- Help you navigate the criminal justice system
- Fight aggressively on your side to defend your rights.
- Refute the charges against you using all of the evidence available
Our attorneys will attempt to establish your innocence, ensure that you receive fair treatment, and do everything within their capacity to make sure you have the best chance at achieving a successful outcome. With our attorneys on your side, you can rest assured that your case is in good hands. Call or reach out to our office today to schedule a case consultation.