Undercover Police “Sting” Operations Related to Prostitution and Assignation in Hotel Districts Near the Airport

Attorney Brian Bregman defends clients for a wide-range of criminal charges, as well as for criminal summonses and citations.  Police departments in the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Areas, and particularly in Anne Arundel County (especially in the Linthicum area, near the BWI / Thurgood Marshall International Airport) have been conducting undercover sting operations and charging men and women with prostitution and assignation.

Typically, these charges allege that a person responded to an advertisement on Backpage.com or other advertising sites.  The charges typically allege that a deal is made over the telephone to exchange sex for money.  However, these conversations are not recorded.  Typically, the police will arrest the defendant at the scene, but in recent cases and sting operations performed by the Anne Arundel County Police Department, the defendants are released from the scene, but later receive a criminal summons in the mail.  People should not be confused about this; being charged with a criminal summons is the same as being arrested in the first place.  You should never assume that you are getting any special treatment or that your case is less serious simply because you were not arrested.  You must take this case extremely seriously and use every tool at your disposal, including hiring an attorney to defend you.

Maryland Code §11-306 is the applicable statute, which prohibits prostitution (including the solicitation of prostitution) and assignation.  In some cases, the police officers charge the defendant with the wrong crime or offense.  An attorney can be helpful to your case by identifying this and other procedural errors, defenses, and strategies for winning your case.  Of course, no attorney can guarantee a particular result, but having an experienced attorney on your side can oftentimes make a difference between a conviction and an acquittal or dismissal of the charges.

Recently, members of the Anne Arundel County Police Department have conducted these types of undercover sting operations using Backpages.com advertisements and then arranging to meet persons who call in response to the advertisement at local hotel districts near the airport.  Typically, the advertisements involved are vague and somewhat mysterious.  Similarly, Attorney Brian Bregman usually finds that the conversations that occur between the undercover police officer and the accused are equally mysterious and ambiguous.  This could easily result in a violation of one’s rights, possibly involving entrapment, being charged with a crime for which a person did not intend to commit, and other violations that might result in a dismissal if they are identified early.  This why it is so important to contact an attorney immediately after being charged with any crime, or immediately when being questioned, interviewed, or contacted by any member of law enforcement in reference to an alleged crime.

Attorney Brian Bregman has defended many clients in the District Court of Maryland for Anne Arundel County, as well as in other district courts (such as Prince George’s, Montgomery, Howard, and Baltimore Counties) for these types of allegations.

Frequently, persons charged with the crime of prostitution (including solicitation of prostitution) and assignation, are embarrassed to speak about it.  However, Attorney Brian Bregman is very experienced in defending clients with these types of charges, he knows how to ask the right questions, and is an utmost professional when it comes to finding the best possible defense for your case.  If you, or someone you know, has been arrested or has received a criminal citation or summons for the crimes of solicitation of prostitution or assignation, they should contact Attorney Bregman immediately.

Time is always an important factor when preparing your case, therefore speaking with an attorney as soon as the incident occurs maximizes the chance that the attorney can seize upon procedural defects or other charging document errors, as well as to identify problems with the police investigation, issues pertaining to the failure of the police department to record the calls and/or text messages, and identifying other defenses that may be essential to the case.

In particular, the hotel districts in the Linthicum area, near the Baltimore-Washington International Airport (BWI) have been a particular target of these undercover sting operations by the Anne Arundel Police Department.  Persons charged in these cases are scheduled for trial in the District Court of Maryland for Anne Arundel County, typically in Annapolis.  Attorney Brian Bregman has successfully defended many clients in this courthouse.

Unfortunately, not only do these undercover operations charge Maryland residents (including those from the surrounding counties of Baltimore, Prince George’s, and Howard), but they also involve charges against persons who are not from the area.  For example, a business traveler with an overnight layover at BWI Airport might get charged in this undercover operation.  Just because you are not a Maryland resident does not mean that you should not take the charges seriously.  These cases involve allegations of misdemeanor crimes, which can result in a warrant for your arrest if you fail to appear for trial. They are not payable citations, and although your home state might deal with them in a particular way, here in Maryland these charges have the ability to ruin one’s record, result in probation, jail time, forfeiture of property, and other serious consequences.  You should always consult with an attorney who is familiar with defending these types of charges, particularly in the local jurisdiction in which they occur.   Contact Attorney Brian Bregman for a free consultation immediately.

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