Florida prostitution charges can apply to anyone who engages in prostitution itself or in furthering prostitution services. Penalties can be severe and include spending time in jail or prison and paying significant fines.
If you have been charged with prostitution or another offense related to prostitution, contact a Plantation prostitution lawyer who understands the laws, and can negotiate effectively with local prosecutors and protect your rights. Retain the services of an experienced defense attorney that can advocate for you. En Español.
According to Florida Statutes Section 796.07, prostitution is simply defined as giving or receiving of the body for sexual activity for hire.
However, the term sexual activity has several meanings, including oral, anal, or vaginal penetration by, or union with, the sexual organ of another; anal or vaginal penetration of another by any other object; or the handling or fondling of the sexual organ of another for the purpose of masturbation.
Essentially, Florida makes many types of activities related to prostitution illegal. While it is against the law to participate in prostitution, it is also against the law to:
Penalties for Florida prostitution convictions can be classified as misdemeanors or felonies depending on a person’s criminal history with prostitution.
It is important to keep in mind that prostitution offenses which involve procurement of someone who is under 18 years of age can result in second-degree felony charges which can result in spending up to 15 years in prison, paying fines of up to $10,000, or both.
There are two specific defenses to Florida prostitution charges, including that the sexual activity was not conducted for hire or that a person was entrapped (set up) by undercover Florida law enforcement officers.
An experienced Plantation prostitution lawyer can evaluate the situation and determine what legal defenses might apply.
If you have been charged with committing prostitution or with being connected to prostitution in any way, do not face those charges alone; contact an experienced Plantation prostitution lawyer for help.
Make sure you explore all of the legal defenses and options available to you, as it may be possible to have the charges against you dismissed or mitigated through a plea bargain.
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