Legal Services for Clients Facing Prostitution Charges In Hillsborough County
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Prostitution is widely known as the world’s “oldest profession,” and while it’s legal in some areas of the nation, this is not the case for Florida, where prostitution remains a criminal offense. In fact, in Florida, it is illegal to for all parties to engage in prostitution, described as “giving or receiving of the body for sexual activity for hire.” Yet the Tampa area has a thriving adult entertainment industry and it’s not uncommon for the lines to become blurred when contemplating what’s legal and what’s not.
In addition to offering your services as a prostitute, Florida law also has penalties for solicitation. Even assignations – an appointment for the purpose of engaging in prostitution – is illegal in Florida, as is pandering, a practice that is better known by the slang term “pimping.”
If you have been arrested for prostitution, you face some serious penalties, including possible jail time and fines. In addition, you’ll have a criminal record that can haunt you for many years in the future, harming your reputation and making it a challenge to get a job, rent a home or attend college.
So if you’re facing criminal charges, such as prostitution, you need a qualified defense lawyer like Attorney Robin Fuson, P.A., who has been in practice for more than 23 years. A prosecutor-turned-defense lawyer, he is quite experienced in all aspects of the prosecution and defense of criminal cases. For over eight years, he worked at the Florida State Attorney’s Office as the chief of narcotics prosecution and chief of DUI prosecution. After his time as a prosecutor, he transitioned to his current role as a criminal defense attorney representing clients in Tampa, Plant City, Brandon and beyond.
Recent Case Involving Prostitution
Solicitation of Prostitution
Not Guilty: My client was arrested for allegedly asking an undercover police officer for sex in exchange for money. Court found the conversation between my client and the undercover police officer showed no intent to solicit an act of prostitution by my client. The undercover officer had initiated conversation and from the start steered the conversation to an exchange of sex for money.
Before he launched his career and achieved many legal victories, Attorney Fuson was victorious on the baseball diamond where he was a professional baseball player. He played for Boston, Cleveland, Seattle and Oakland, winning a World Series ring and two championship rings. Today, he strives to be the MVP of your legal team. To date, he has handled over 4,000 cases, including more than 200 trials.
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If you or a loved one have been charged with prostitution or another related criminal charge, contact Tampa criminal defense lawyer Robin Fuson, P.A. to discuss your case in a free, confidential evaluation of your case. Call 813-933-6807.
Common Questions Concerning an Arrest for Prostitution in Florida
Finding yourself under arrest for prostitution or soliciting prostitution can be embarrassing. And beyond this, you can face challenges professionally and in your personal life as a result of the criminal charges. Therefore, it’s important to seek help as soon as possible!
You probably have many questions that are contributing to your distress and worry, so let’s examine some of the most common questions.
What’s the Definition of Prostitution in Florida?
Florida law calls prostitution the act of “giving or receiving of the body for sexual activity for hire.” The definition of “sexual activity” is quite broad, covering a wide range of different sex acts.
Notably, per Florida laws, prostitution is regarded as an “enhanceable” offense, meaning that prior convictions for prostitution can have a significant impact on your case and the penalties that you may be subjected to. In other words, you could be facing some serious punishments that may include jail time if you’ve been caught for prostitution in the past.
What Are the Penalties for Prostitution?
Florida laws call for significantly harsher penalties for men and women who have prior prostitution convictions.
A first offense can be charged as a second-degree misdemeanor, which is a crime that can carry a maximum of 60 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $500. Generally speaking, if you have a clean record, the chances of serving time are relatively slim.
For a second offense prostitution arrest, you could be charged with a first-degree misdemeanor, resulting in up to one year in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000. From this point forward, the penalties rise dramatically in severity.
If you get arrested three or more times for prosecution, you’ll likely be facing a third-degree felony charge. Florida law allows for a penalty of up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.
It’s not uncommon for the courts to allow you to enroll in an intervention or treatment program on a pre-trial basis. So for men and women who are struggling in this regard, you may find this is a good opportunity to seek help, while also increasing your chances of seeing a more favorable case resolution.
The penalties for procuring a prostitute’s services are fairly similar, with the exception of those who solicit the services of someone who is under the age of 18. In this case, you could face a second-degree felony with a potential for 15 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000.
How can a Tampa criminal defense attorney help with my prostitution case?
To make sure that the procedures are followed correctly and that law enforcement didn’t cross any lines if this was a case involving an undercover sting.
What are Tampa’s laws surrounding prostitution?
It is illegal to solicit someone to perform a sexual act in exchange for money or currency of any form or to offer to perform sexual acts for money or currency. It is also a crime in Florida to ask someone to expose a body part to prove they aren’t law enforcement so that negotiations for sex for pay can’t take place. This crime is known as a precursor act to prostitution.
Can an escort be charged with prostitution in Tampa?
Only if there is a discussion about sex for currency.
What can happen if I’m convicted of prostitution in Tampa?
Probation, jail, community service hours, classes involving the transmission of sexual diseases, fines, and court costs.
Hire a Prostitution Defense Lawyer to Defend You in Florida Courts
Finding yourself arrested for prostitution can be more than just embarrassing. You also face the possibility of a criminal record from this challenging time in your life – a record that could make it even more challenging to find other forms of legitimate employment. The social stigma surrounding prostitution is significant; a reality that can make rehabilitation all the more challenging.
If you’ve been arrested for prostitution or a related charge, you need an experienced defense lawyer like Attorney Robin Fuson. He’ll work hard to represent you and protect your interests while fighting to help you clear your name and maintain your freedom.
Contact a top Tampa prostitution lawyer to defend your case. Arrange a free, confidential case consultation by calling the law offices of Robin Fuson, P.A. at 813-933-6807.