Prostitution or Solicitation of Prostitution
Central Florida Criminal Defense. Criminal defense in Orlando, and surrounding areas. Prostitution is aggressively charged and prosecuted throughout all of Central Florida. Prostitution offenses can increase in the level of severity with each conviction. Prostitution may appear at first glance to be a non-serious and victimless crime, however the penalties can be very severe. The law does not make a distinction between street level prostitution, call girls, or escorts. All prostitution is considered equal in the eyes of the law. However, there are some legal or factual defenses that may exist for your case.
Florida state laws increase the penalties for prostitution offenses when the defendant has prior convictions for prostitution. A first offense may be charged as a second degree misdemeanor, which can result in a term of imprisonment for up to 60 days, a fine in an amount up to $500, or both. The state charges a second offense as a first degree misdemeanor, which can result in a term of imprisonment for up to one year, a fine in an amount up to $1,000, or both. A third offense or any following offense can result in a third degree felony charge. Under Florida law, the potential term of imprisonment may go up to five years and the fine may increase to $5,000. State law also allows the option of pre-trial admission to a substance abuse treatment or intervention program. If the offense involves the procurement of a person who is under 18 years of age, the charge increases to a second degree felony, which can result in up to 15 years of imprisonment, a fine of up to $10,000, or both.
A Prostitution offense is a serious matter with potentially devastating consequences, and no person should attempt to resolve their case without first consulting with an attorney. If you have been cited or arrested for a Prostitution offense in Orlando, Orange County, Osceola County, Seminole County, Volusia County, or Brevard County Florida, contact the ByrdLaw Firm immediately for a free consultation.