Solicitation of Prostitution
The solicitation of prostitution is any attempt or act of procuring the
services of a prostitute (a person who exchanges sex or sexual acts for
money.) Whether or not the services were actually purchased, a person
can be charged with solicitation. Simply the act of discussing or agreeing
to pricing or specifics of a transaction with a prostitute, or attempting
to procure sexual acts for money, is illegal.
A criminal defense attorney experienced in defending individuals accused
of solicitation of prostitution is the necessary step in order to avoid
a conviction. You may have been the victim of a police sting and are wondering
if it might qualify as entrapment. Unfortunately, not all police stings
will be deemed entrapment, but the experienced lawyers at LeavenLaw in
St. Petersburg can help determine what your best defense will be.
Misdemeanor or Felony Charges
Solicitation of prostitution is a serious accusation that can carry severe
consequences per Florida law. A first offense is usually charged as a
misdemeanor with a prison sentence of up to one year. A third or subsequent offense
is charged as a
felony and can carry a prison sentence of over one year. Regardless of prison
sentences, the reputation of the accused is on the line. Any sex offense
trial may become public knowledge, meaning the accused individual's
personal and professional acquaintances and family members will know of
their supposed indiscretion.
Our attorneys and staff will do whatever possible to help keep your case
private. We will assist you in deciding upon the best strategy, whether
it is to keep your case out of the courtroom and away from press coverage
or to keep it as quick and low-key as possible.