The Law in Plain English – Boca Raton ➔ Boynton ➔ West Palm Beach ➔ Jupiter’s Top Criminal Lawyer Joshua LeRoy, ESQ. on:Prostitution – F.S. 796.07
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In the state of Florida, prostitution is giving or receiving sexual activity in exchange for money. In addition to the standard definition of prostitution, the law also considers solicitation, and pandering (pimping).
As is the case with many charges, the state upgrades penalties for prior convictions of the same crime. In the case of prostitution, the first offense is generally a 2nd degree misdemeanor. Second offenses are considered a 1st degree misdemeanor. Third offenses and all offenses after that are 3rd degree felonies.
Because of the closeness of drug addiction and prostitutes, Florida mandates alternate sentences for 3rd offenses. Offenders, in lieu of jail time, would participate in an intervention program and substance abuse programs.
The usual defense of a prostitution charge is to claim that the sexual activity was consensual.
How can I be charged with soliciting an escort if their advertisement particularly expressed that cash is for their time and camaraderie?
The advertisement without anything else, means nothing. These advertisements are typically a means for prostitution. The difference is the words articulated and acts performed when cash was talked about. You could possibly have a decent defense, however, you can’t know how solid those defenses may be until we see all the information about the case.
Is it possible to erase or seal my prostitution record?
You have the capacity to get it fixed. You must first finish your probation and pay all charges and afterward you can begin the procedure, but know that it is not an immediate result.
What would it be advisable for me to plea, and what may I expect for a conviction and sentence?
If you are accused of a third degree felony offense, the possible, however improbable disciplinary action is up to five years in jail. You must plead innocent and contract a criminal defense lawyer.
If you, or someone you know, have been charged with Prostitution in Palm Beach County (from Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Lake Worth, West Palm Beach and up to Jupiter), or any of the surrounding areas use the form below to drop me a note. Let me know a bit about yourself, what’s happened, and a good time to contact you.
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