• Jay P. Mykytiuk
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    Washington, DC & Northern VA
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Easy Targets: Is MPD Targeting Uber and Taxi Drivers in Solicitation of Prostitution Cases?

In a disturbing trend, I’ve seen a large rise in solicitation of prostitution arrests among those who pick up and drive customers for a living. It’s that time of year again, when MPD decides to devote a tremendous amount of resources to stamping out sex among consenting adults. Washington D.C. police have seemed, in recent years, to have increased the number of campaigns against prostitution in the city. Sometimes these stings involve placing fake advertisements in Back Pages, Craigslist, or the City Paper. More often, they simply throw an undercover MPD officer into fishnets and a halter top, back her up with a hidden arrest team, and send her out on the streets to flag down passersby in the hopes of securing solicitation arrests. But in recent months, solicitation arrests have begun to take on a disturbing familiarity. That’s because many of the clients who have walked into my office seeking help in defending themselves against these charges have had two things in common: 1) they are either Uber or Taxi drivers; and 2) their native language is something other than English.

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Case Dismissed: Good Things Come to Those Who Work

If I were charged with a crime, I’d definitely want my case dismissed. That would be a great outcome, and would save me a lot of trouble, maybe some jail time, a criminal record, and several trips to the probation office. So I guess that I shouldn’t be surprised when so many of my clients tell me that they’d like their cases dismissed. Of course they would. It makes sense. But what does surprise me is how easy clients seem to think it should be for me to get their cases dismissed. In their minds, since they didn’t do what they’re charged with, I should be able to explain that to the prosecutor or the judge, and voila, the case disappears. Ah, if only things were that easy, I could spend a lot more time on the golf course. The reality is that, whether you’re charged with a DUI, assault, solicitation, or any other misdemeanor or felony in Washington, D.C., it is very rare that your case simply gets dismissed without your criminal defense lawyer doing a whole lot of work.

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