If I went to a massage place to get a massage, if they get raided can I get into trouble now?

Upon doing further research on this place, I see reviews saying that it’s a shady establishment. I just got a massage there and kept my pants on.

Asked on July 5, 2014 under Criminal Law, Oklahoma

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

You would not be in trouble for frequenting what *could* have been a legitimate business, so long as you did not yourself do anything illegal (e.g. pay for sex). That's the law. A practical issue, however, is whether there is any evidence you committed an illegal act (e.g. a metion of you name in a payment or receipt book that also lists sex customers) or any testimony from anyone else that you did something wrong (e.g. if an employee of the establishment names you as having been a "john".)

If there is some evidence or testimony connecting you to whatever criminality was going on, you could face investigation or even charges. To be convicted, they'd have to prove "beyond a reasonable doubt" that you committed the criminal act, which  may be difficult to do; but it takes far less evidence than that to investigate, or even charge, you.

So, to sum up: from what you write, you did not in fact do anything criminal, but if there is evidence or testimony to connect you to criminal acts, the authorities may come after you. You do not need to do anything until and unless the authorities contact you--but if they do, retain an attorney to help you, and also, do NOT say anything to anyone about this until and unless you have an attorney's advice. (Remember: you have a 5th Amendment right to not speak to remain silent and not answer the authorities' questions.)


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