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
40 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.
Schedule a free and confidential
case evaluation with a Fort Lauderdale criminal defense lawyer.
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.