Miami Prostitution Attorney
Allegations of Prostitution & Soliciting a Prostitute
The state of Florida does not take prostitution charges lightly, and you will face severe consequences if you are convicted of prostitution in Miami. Being charged with prostitution is a frightening and unpleasant experience, especially for individuals who are not familiar with the intolerant criminal justice system. When your freedom and reputation are at stake, there is nothing more important than securing the help of a talented Miami criminal defense lawyer.
The act of prostitution is described in Chapter 796 of the 2011 Florida Statutes as the giving or receiving of the body for sexual activity in exchange for currency or something of value. You must understand the serious nature of the penalties that you could be convicted of, and a Miami prostitution lawyer from our firm can walk you through the details of your case.
Were you trapped or baited?
If you were arrested for soliciting a prostitute who was under the age of 18, then you will be guilty of a second degree felony. It is a third degree felony to force a person into prostitution. These and other prostitution-related charges are extremely serious and could change the course of your life dramatically. Many times, individuals are baited into these charges by way of a police sting. “Entrapment” is the term used when police officers pose as individuals for the purpose of catching people in the act of committing a crime like prostitution. Entrapment has been widely debated, since it may be argued that the individual would not have committed the crime if law enforcement did not bait them. For example, an officer could dress as a prostitute and arrest the individual who solicits their services.
Our superior legal defense team has 40 years of combined legal experience in which we have honed our legal skills and gained further insight in to criminal law. We are familiar with the nine types of prostitution acts that are outlined in the Florida Statutes and we will carefully assess your situation to apply the best defense strategy for your case. You may be charged with prostitution for residing or entering a place for the purpose of prostitution, or even directing or transporting a person to a place of prostitution.
The laws surrounding prostitution charges are incredibly complex, and your specific penalties will depend on if you have had any previous convictions. A first time prostitution offense can result in up to 60 days in jail, six months' probation and $450 in fines. The penalties increase substantially for each reoccurring offense, and a third time offender will face a third degree felony charge. Don't wait to secure the help of a legal advocate who will go the extra mile on your behalf.