How Can We Help?

Get a Free Consultation (401) 861-1155

Prostitution and Solicitation


Prostitution and Solicitation Laws in Rhode Island

Prostitution in Rhode Island was outlawed on November 3, 2009, by Governor Donald Carcieri. He signed into law a bill which changed a 29-year-old loophole in Rhode Island Law that allowed indoor prostitution now makes it a crime to exchange sex for money in any setting.

Indoor prostitution was legal in Rhode Island between 1980 and 2009 because there was no specific statute to define the act and outlaw it specifically. Activities such as street solicitation (Loitering for indecent purposes or soliciting from motor vehicles for indecent purposes), running a brothel (Venue of pandering), and pimping (pandering) were and remain illegal.

The penalties for prostitution one may face for selling or soliciting sexual services can come not only with a harsh sentence but also can destroy marriages. It will ruin reputations and endanger one’s career, even if charges are eventually dismissed or you are found not guilty. If you or a family member have been arrested for prostitution or solicitation, Rhode Island Criminal Defense Attorney S. Joshua Macktaz can help.

As a former prosecutor who prosecuted thousands of criminal offenses in Rhode Island, Attorney S. Joshua Macktaz understands the need for discretion if you are charged prostitution, whether the act of soliciting sexual activity or promoting sexual activity. Even if you face a false accusation, the notice of your court date can cause serious rifts in interpersonal relationships or your employment. He will use the utmost discretion in representing people charged with:

  • Selling sexual services – Prostitution or Loitering for indecent purposes
  • Soliciting a prostitute – Procurement of sexual conduct for a fee or Soliciting from motor vehicles for indecent purposes
  • Pimping or running a brothel – Pandering or permitting prostitution


Rhode Island Prostitution Defense Attorney

Rhode Island prostitution defense attorney Macktaz places your privacy at a premium. Defense Lawyer Macktaz has years of experience in RI Court system as both a successful prosecutor for the state and as a criminal defense attorney since 1997. He works to avoid the filing of charges, making certain that court notices are sent to our office and not your home. Attorney Macktaz aggressively defends against false accusations and obtains resolutions that leave your dignity and reputation intact. Throughout the process, you will be educated and counseled on what to do to minimize the impact of these types of charges on your life.

If you’ve been arrested or cited, time is of the essence to minimize the impact these charges can have on your personal and professional life. You cannot afford to underestimate the importance of having an experienced criminal defense attorney in your corner. Securing a defense attorney who is well versed in results-driven legal strategies is critical to the outcome of your case. Attorney Macktaz will conduct a detailed consultation to discuss your case and inform you of your legal options. Call (401) 861-1155 to schedule your free consultation with Rhode Island Prostitution Defense Lawyer Joshua Macktaz.


Under Rhode Island General Law Title 11, (Criminal Offenses), Chapter 11-34 Prostitution and Lewdness:

11-34.1-2. Prostitution (Prostitution) Misdemeanor offense

First Offense: $250 to $1000 fine and up to six months in prison, or both
Multiple offenders:$500 to $1,000 fine, or up to a year in prison, or both
Record may be expunged after 1 year from time of infraction

11-34.1-3. Procurement of sexual conduct for a fee. Misdemeanor offense

First Offense: $250 to $1,000 fine from and up to six months in prison, or both
Subsequent Offense: $500 to $1,000 fine from and up to a year in prison, or both
No expungement option

11-34.1-4. Loitering for Prostitution. Misdemeanor offense

First Offense: $250 to $1000 fine and up to six months in prison, or both
Multiple offenders:$500 to $1,000 fine, or up to a year in prison, or both
Record may be expunged after 1 year from time of infraction

11-34.1-6. Soliciting from motor vehicles for indecent purposes – Forfeiture of a motor vehicle. Misdemeanor offense

First Offense: $500 to $1,000 fine from and up to six months in prison, or both
Subsequent Offense: $750 to $1,000 fine from and up to a year in prison, or both. The vehicle may be seized and forfeited.
No expungement option

11-34.1-7. Pandering or permitting prostitution – Not allowed

First Offense: $2,000 to $5,000 fine and prison for one to five years.
Subsequent Offense: Three to ten years in prison and $5,000 to $10,000 fine.


Bill signing finally outlaws indoor prostitution in R.I.

Providence Journal Rhode Island News – 2:04 PM Tue, Nov 03, 2009 – Lynn Arditi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Governor Carcieri signed into law legislation to outlaw indoor prostitution in Rhode Island at a State House ceremony Tuesday afternoon.

The signing closes a nearly 30-year-old loophole in the state’s prostitution laws that has allowed prostitutes to work legally out of brothels, strip clubs, homes or anywhere else — as long as it’s indoors.

“For almost 30 years Rhode Island has had the terrible distinction of being the only state outside certain counties in Nevada where indoor prostitution is not considered a crime,” Carcieri said.

The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Joanne M. Giannini, D-Providence, and Sen. Paul V. Jabour, D-Providence, the governor said, will help protect the state’s most vulnerable residents and enhance the quality of life in Rhode Island.

It was approved almost overwhelmingly late last week by the General Assembly, which was meeting in special session.

In addition to the legislation’s sponsors, the attendants at the ceremony included R.I. Atty. Gen. Patrick C. Lynch and State Police Col. Brendan P. Doherty.

The new law “sends a distinct message to any group (which) thinks they could use Rhode Island in furtherance of their illicit business,” State Police Col. Doherty said. “The bottom line is commercial sex is now clearly illegal” in Rhode Island.

Lynch said that the new law will “end a blemish” on the state and give law enforcement the tools they need to investigate and prosecute prostitution and related criminal activity.

“Does this mean prostitution will be eliminated in Rhode Island forever?” Giannini asked. “Of course not. But it means Rhode Island will no longer be a safe haven for pimping and trafficking and the victimization of young women.”

The law makes indoor prostitution a misdemeanor crime punishable, for first offenders, by up to six months in prison and a fine of up to $1,000, or both. However, the law empowers judges to erase the criminal convictions of first offenders.

Customers or “johns” face the same penalties as prostitutes but without the possibility of having their criminal record expunged.

phone Request your free case evaluation today! (401)861-1155


200+ reviews
five star ratings on Google

Josh is committed to following through with his clients and ensuring they are happy. He is not only thorough but he is very responsive and cares. I appreciated his help and he adequately explained the process.
Aly Starr
02:27 25 Feb 19
My Experience with Josh representing me was beyond what I could have hoped for. Josh explained his thoughts and exceptions on my case & followed through to receive the best outcome.. Cannot thank you enough Josh!
Troy McGann
13:12 15 Jan 19
I highly recommend the services of Josh Macktaz. He was responsive, efficient and very realistic about my case and the associated penalties. My legal costs were exactly as he suggested on our first call (which were fair). He is very knowledgeable of the Rhode Island law and has very strong contacts at the traffic tribunal. Related, he handled minor hearings without me which saved me money and travel time. He did the best possible job for a guy in my situation. Anyone that has a drunk driving charge in RI that does not consider Josh Macktaz is risking their future and wasting their dollars.
Chad M
23:10 13 Jan 19
My experience with Josh was beyond positive. If I could rate higher than five stars I would. Through out my entire process he was professional, straightforward, knowledgeable and understanding. It did not take long after meeting him I knew I needed him to represent me. Although my road was long Josh stuck with me every step of the way. There is no doubt in my mind without him I would not have been able to get the best possible outcome in my case. For that my family and I are forever grateful to him. He truly is a master of his craft and a fighter through and through. If you need representation look no further " This is the Man you want In your corner."
Daniel James
14:08 22 Dec 18
I hired Joshua Mactaz to represent me. He did an amazing job. He is very knowledgeable, hard worker and will do anything for you. I would recommend him to anyone and I would certainly have him represent me again.
Susan DeFedele
06:41 14 Dec 18
We always dealt with Josh Macktaz directly. He walked us through every step of the process and answered all our questions. His representation for us in the court room was handled professionally and we are extremely happy with the outcome.
Cheryl DeFeo
00:24 14 Dec 18
Amazing lawyer. Josh explained every step to resolving my issue and got me the best possible outcome for my case. He is very to the point and will fight to defend his clients in their toughest times. If you find yourself in trouble in Rhode Island, there is no one I would recommend more than Josh!
James McKeown
04:46 06 Oct 18
Prior to contacting Joshua I was a mess. He put me at ease during my free consultation and I decided he was the right person to represent me on the spot. He delivered on everything he said he would.
Anthony Mayer
19:38 14 Sep 18
Joshua was great he dealt with my case with effectivness and in a very timely manner. He call me when he was telling me that he was going 2 change or do something that would benefit my case I appreciate the professionalism he gave and showed I would highly recommend using his services
Chris Baccelli
19:59 12 Sep 18
After meeting with several lawyers I chose Mr. Macktaz to represent me. His professionalism and positive attitude helped ease the stress of a difficult situation. Josh provided a detailed timeline of the court process and was clear on what my expectations should be. He was prompt in returning my calls and answered any questions or concerns that I had. I would recommend Josh to anyone in need of representation as he went above and beyond in securing the best possible outcome for my case.
Paul DiLorenzo
04:31 14 Aug 18
With Joshua Macktaz, Professional... he helped in my case and I thank him for his help and I truly recommend him for any case, one of the best in the business
jose carrion
23:23 11 Aug 18
Mr. Macktaz was very professional and helped me with my legal issues swiftly and very effectively. Who knew what to do and every steps to take. Highly recommended, one of the best in the business.
Uodam Sann
15:08 10 Aug 18
I will start off by saying I knew nothing about the criminal or traffic court system until March 2018. I made a choice to have one too many and was arrested (DUI). Dealing with the embarrassment of an arrest and fear of losing my job, I "google searched for a DUI lawyer" and Josh Macktaz name appeared. Although apprehensive about using a a Google Review to determine my future, I made the call. This is my experience... 1) Mr. Macktaz made time to meet me the day I outreached him. (free consultation)2) During our initial meeting Macktaz outlined in detail what I had ahead of me; including court dates and car insurance details.3) Mr. Macktaz was at every court appearance and explained what was going to happen in court and the potential outcome.4) He was confident in what the outcome would be... and he was right!In closing... would I retain Mr. Macktaz if I ever needed criminal representation again? Yes, he would be my first phone call. He continually follows up with his clients. I never felt the need to outreach Mr. Macktaz since he called or emailed first!
22:15 03 Jul 18
Professional, experienced and extremely knowledgeable! Josh took the time to answer all my questions, and was always very responsive. He was able to put my mind at ease. He was able to get my charges dismissed and my case expunged. Best Attorney in RI!!!
15:56 09 May 18
Josh was very professional and extremely knowledgeable of my situation. He took the time to meet with me face to face multiple times to gather all the facts so he could develop the best plan possible. After collecting the facts he sat me down and he discussed all the options I had and why certain options may or may not be available in my situation. During this very difficult time, I at least felt comfortable that I received the best possible outcome and Josh is the reason why. A true professional through and through.
Neal Manaskie
19:28 23 Apr 18
For someone who is totally new to the court system Josh took the time to sit and explain options,situations and solutions before he even a dollar was given. He made you feel protected within the court system, and I would recommend him to anyone looking for good help. He was a total down to earth and knowledgeable person someone you'd want on your side. Any help or questions I had were solved within hours by email and he kept connected with me throughout the whole process. Me and my whole family are greatful for the help! Thanks Josh !
Dylan Nunez
02:54 22 Mar 18
Josh is unlike any attorney I've ever had contact with: and I have worked with and for several. Customer service is a key part of the great service he personally delivered. It is with great confidence that I am able to refer him. He brought me the best results possible. He also returned every single phone call. Thanks Josh!
Kathleen Whitmarsh
17:07 13 Mar 18

view all testimonials
  • 25yrs Experienced RI DUI Lawyer
  • BBB
  • DUI Lawyer Reviews
  • Avvo Top DUI Attorney
  • Distinguished DUI lawyer

Complete the Form Below For Immediate Assistance

Get a Free Consulation With Rhode Island Attorney Joshua Macktaz (401)861-1155