Solicitation of Prostitution Charges
Fight Your Charges with a St. Petersburg Sex Crimes Attorney
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.) A St. Petersburg
criminal defense attorney experienced in defending individuals accused of solicitation
of prostitution is a 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 can help determine what your best defense will be.
Call our firm at (855) 532-8365 today to learn more about your legal options!
Definition of & Penalties for Solicitation of Prostitution
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.
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.