Prostitution Defense Lawyer in Fort Lauderdale
Charged with Prostitution in Broward County?
Prostitution, despite being known as the “the world’s oldest profession,” is a serious crime in Florida. Law enforcement agencies devote considerable resources to enforcing prostitution laws, conducting stings, and making arrests. If you have been charged with prostitution, you face aggressive prosecution and harsh penalties.
At Hager & Schwartz, P.A., our criminal defense attorneys are prepared to represent clients charged with prostitution and other related offenses, including solicitation. You can be confident in choosing our firm to fight your charges for the following reasons:
- Our legal team includes former state prosecutors
- We have decades of experience and a proven track record
- We work as a team and provide personalized service
- We’re available 24/7 and offer FREE case reviews
Prostitution Charges in Florida
Florida statute 796.07 prohibits prostitution and related acts and outlines several ways that a person can be charged with prostitution. Generally, the following acts are considered prostitution:
- Exchanging money or some other form of compensation for sex or a related act.
- Arranging to the exchange of money or some other form of compensation for sexual services.
- Transporting people knowingly for the reason of exchanging sexual services for money or compensation.
- Owning a room or business for the purpose of arranging the exchange of money for sexual services.
Penalties for prostitution can vary depending on the unique facts and circumstances. For a first offense, defendants can be charged with a second-degree misdemeanor, which is punishable by fines, up to 60 days in jail, and mandatory STD screenings and AIDS awareness training.
Subsequent convictions will result in more serious penalties. Upon a third or subsequent conviction, defendants can be charged with felony prostitution, which is punished by larger fines, longer terms of probation, and up to five years in prison.
Other related offenses, such as forcing, compelling, or coercing another to become a prostitute and profiting from prostitution are also harshly penalized crimes.
Solicitation of Prostitution
Solicitation of prostitution is a related offense prosecuted against individuals who solicit (or request) another person for sexual acts. In many cases, police will conduct sting operations in order to make solicitation arrests, which can result in misdemeanor charges, large fines, and possible jail time.
Solicitation charges can compromise your personal and professional reputation, in addition to your freedom and future. If you were arrested for solicitation during a sting or under any other circumstances, our team is available to begin working on your case immediately.
Speak with Proven Defense Lawyers
Prostitution, solicitation, and other related offenses are considered serious crimes with the potential to tarnish one’s reputation. If you have been charged with this crime, consulting an experienced lawyer can make the difference in your case.
Contact Hager & Schwartz, P.A. for a FREE and confidential consultation.