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Fort Lauderdale Prostitution Defense Lawyer

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Parks & Braxton, PA represents individuals who have been accused of the crime of prostitution. If you are facing criminal charges, turn to our firm for seasoned and aggressive representation. We have more than 48 years of experience handling sex crime cases and know how to create and present a solid defense. Call our firm today for a free evaluation of your case to learn more about how we may be able to help you.

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Soliciting Prostitution

Prostitution is defined as the giving or receiving of the body for sexual activity for hire. In addition to the act of prostitution itself being illegal, it is also illegal for people to solicit prostitution. This means that a person can still be charged with a crime for encouraging or demanding someone to engage in prostitution even if the sexual act never took place. For example, a person can be charged with a crime if they stop at a street corner in an area where prostitution is common, speak with a prostitute, invite the prostitute into their vehicle, or hand the prostitute money.

In order to be convicted of solicitation, it must be proven that the defendant requested that someone else engage in illegal prostitution AND that they have the intention to engage in criminal conduct with that person. In other words, it must be shown that the defendant communicated a request that another person engage in sex for compensation, and that they intended to follow through with the transaction. Defendants are commonly arrested and charged as a result of police sting operations.

Other illegal acts related to prostitution include:

  • Transporting or directing a person to a place of prostitution
  • Offering a place for prostitution to occur
  • Owning or operating a building for the purpose of prostitution
  • Aiding or abetting prostitution

The Penalties for Prostitution in Florida

A conviction for prostitution carries the following penalties:

  • First offense: Up to 60 days in prison and/or a $500 fine (second-degree misdemeanor)
  • Second offense: Up to one year in prison and/or a $1,000 fine (first-degree misdemeanor)
  • Third or subsequent offense: Up to five years in prison and/or a $5,000 fine (third-degree felony)

If the offense involves procurement of a minor under the age of 18 for sexual purposes, the charge is increased to a second-degree felony, which can result in up to a 15-year prison sentence, a $10,000 fine, or both.

With prison time, expensive fines, and your reputation at stake, do not risk a conviction by not immediately securing proven criminal defense. The outcome of your case may depend on your immediate action.

If you have been accused of engaging in prostitution, soliciting a prostitute, or another related crime, contact a Fort Lauderdale criminal defense attorney at Parks & Braxton, PA today. After reviewing your case, we can help you understand your charges, legal options, and the defenses that may be available to you. In certain cases, diversion programs may be available which may result in a dismissal of your charges and eligibility to have the record expunged in the future. Each case is different, so speak with one of our attorneys about the specifics of your case.

Tell us about your case when you call (954) 519-2290. We’re ready to fight for you.

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