Pittsburgh residents who are slapped with criminal charges can find themselves afraid on many levels. They might be concerned about how the allegations will affect their reputation, but their primary concern may revolve around the potential penalties they could face if convicted. Depending on the crime at hand, a criminal conviction can result in prison time, significant fines and a mark on one’s criminal record that can be hard to overcome, even after one pays his or her debt to society. With so much at stake, it only makes sense that these individuals would put forth the strongest criminal defense they can manage in hopes of avoiding some or all of these damaging penalties.

Two Pittsburgh women may be in this position now after being taken into custody on prostitution charges. According to authorities, the accused women, who were employees at a local massage business, were arrested after a months long investigation and a recent raid. The police claim that three undercover officers entered the massage business in June, July and August where they entered a private room They were then asked to pay cash and were supposedly told that they could receive sexual acts in exchange for money.

A search warrant was recently executed on the business. Authorities claim they found cash in excess of $100,000, as well as paraphernalia related to prostitution. It is unclear at this time exactly what the police consider to be “paraphernalia associated with prostitution.”

Regardless of how damaging the evidence may seem in a criminal case, there may be strong criminal defense options available to an accused individual. Warrants may be issued or executed illegally, officers can mishandle evidence and statements can be taken out of context. Oftentimes, what matters most is how those issues are presented to a judge, which is why it is frequently helpful to have the assistance of a qualified legal professional when addressing these issues.