Many consider The Wire one of the best television shows ever created. One of the main features of the show was a look at how the police operate by numbers. Numbers of arrests are very important to get enough money in their budget to get adequate funding. Politicians also care about these numbers, as they can affect outcomes of elections.
Some criminal offenses are considered crimes against people, and some are considered crimes against society. When police arrest people for crimes against society, they often refer to these as “quality of life arrests” when charting statistics of numbers arrests in any given time period.
Prostitution is a crime against society, according to most criminologists, and our Birmingham criminal defense lawyers have seen the police often will even list “society” as a victim on police reports in the box where they are supposed to list the name of an alleged victim and other relevant personal information.
According to a recent news report from AL.com, Hoover police have arrested five women on charges of prostitution. This undercover operation occurred on John Hawkins Parkway, just outside of Birmingham. Police arrested five women between the ages of 27 and 36 for alleged prostitution. Prosecutors have charged each defendant with prostitution, and they are all being held on $1,000 bonds. One of these five female defendants was also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. Police say it is important to make these arrests, because prostitution can often lead to other crimes, such as possession of a controlled substance, theft, robbery, rape, and burglary.
This statement from Hoover police demonstrates how this is considered a quality of life arrest in an attempt to prevent society from being harmed by this and other related crimes. It is interesting to see how police mention rape, as they seem to be claiming they are arresting these women to prevent them from being raped.
One of the questions prospective clients ask experienced prostitution defense attorneys is whether the police have violated rules against entrapment. This question is often presented by men who were arrested by an undercover officer posing as a prostitute, or by a woman arrested for allegedly trying to engage in prostitution with an undercover police officer posing as a customer.
However, unlike what we see on television, entrapment as a defense is does not work, in reality, in many situations. One of the reasons for this is, according to the law, one cannot entrap a guilty mind. In other words, if defendant went up to an undercover officer with the intention of engaging in criminal activity, entrapment is not a defense. In the context of prostitution, it is presumed the person accused had a mental intent to engage in prostitution or solicitation of prostitution, so an officer cannot entrap them. For this reason, you need another method of defense, and the best thing you can do is have an attorney familiar with prostitution defense in Birmingham fighting on your side throughout the entire process – an attorney who will do everything in his power to get you the best result possible within the confines of the situation, the rules of ethics and criminal procedure.
Hoover police arrest 5 women in prostitution bust, April 22, 2015, AL.com