Prostitution and Solicitation
Have you been charged with prostitution or solicitation of prostitution? If so, then you need to understand that your charges are serious and can result in stiff penalties, and possibly lead to other long-term consequences. The best way to avoid or limit those penalties is to consult a reputable attorney able to use his experience to aid you in fighting your charges.
As both a former prosecutor, and defense attorney Evan A. Hoffman has the necessary experience to defend you against prostitution and solicitation claims and similar offenses. Over the course of his 17 years as an attorney, Evan A. Hoffman has successfully defended clients against a wide array of offenses, some of which include violent crimes, sexually motivated crimes, and property crimes.
If you have been charged with prostitution and solicitation, call The Hoffman Firm at (305) 249-0090 for a free consultation with an experienced attorney. This firm serves clients in North Miami, Palm Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, and neighboring areas.
- Prostitution and solicitation defined
- Penalties for prostitution and solicitation conviction
- More information on prostitution and solicitation
Prostitution and Solicitation Defined
Under Florida law, the offense of “prostitution” can be committed in several different ways. The most commonly charged offenses are:
- Offering to Commit, Committing, or Engaging in Prostitution, Lewdness, or Assignation, and
- Soliciting for Prostitution, Lewdness, or Assignation.
(1) Offering, Committing, or Engaging in Prostitution- Under Section 796.07(1)(e), Florida Statutes, it is a criminal act for a person “to offer to commit, or to commit, or to engage in, prostitution, lewdness, or assignation.”
“Prostitution” is defined under the statute as the giving or receiving of the body for sexual activity for hire. The term does not include sexual activity between spouses.
“Lewdness” is defined as any indecent or obscene act. Indecent connotes “wicked, lustful, unchaste, licentious, or sensual intention on part of the person doing the act.
“Sexual activity” means oral, anal, or vaginal penetration by, or union with, the sexual organ of another, anal or vaginal penetration of another by an object, or the handling or fondling of a sexual organ of another for purposes of masturbation. The term does not include acts done for bona fide medical purposes.
“Assignation” is defined as the making of any appointment or engagement for prostitution or lewdness, or any act in furtherance of such appointment or engagement.
(2) Soliciting for Prostitution, Lewdness, or Assignation- Under Section 796.07(f), it is a criminal act for a person to “solicit, induce, entice, or procure another to commit prostitution, lewdness, or assignation.”
Under the statute, the term “solicit” means to ask earnestly or to try to induce a person who is solicited to do the solicited thing.
Penalties for Prostitution or Solicitation in Florida
A first-time offense for prostitution or solicitation is a second-degree misdemeanor, and is punishable by up to sixty (60) days in prison.
A second offense is a first-degree misdemeanor, and is punishable by up one (1) year in prison.
A third or any subsequent offense(s) is a third-degree felony, and is punishable by up to five (5) years in prison.
All convictions for solicitation carry a fine of up to $500.00 in addition to any court costs.
More Information on Prostitution and Solicitation
SWOP USA- Search this site to find information on the criminalization of sex work and sexual assault on sex workers.
WomensLaw.org- This organization provides resources for sex workers and victims of human trafficking.
If you are fighting charges of prostitution or solicitation you need to seek the services of a strong legal team like The Hoffman Firm. Evan A. Hoffman is prepared to work tirelessly in your defense.
Call The Hoffman Firm today at (305) 249-0090, and he and his team of experts will give you a free consultation with a skilled Miami County defense lawyer to devise the best plan of defense for you. Your future depends on it.
This firm represents clients in North Miami, Palm Beach, and surrounding regions.