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Arrested For Prostitution and Solicitation of Prostitution

prostitution_180x120The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office sting on Prostitutes and John’s went into high gear in May 2013, with more than 100 criminal defendants’s arrested for prostitution and solicitation of prostitution. Prostitution means to provide the body for sexual activity for hire, but excludes activity between spouses. Prostitution can be accomplished by any form of payment to the individual providing their body for hire. As most realize, the easiest form of payment is money; but are you aware that a “quid pro quo” or “this for that” can also satisfy the Florida Prostitution statute. For instance, if someone provides a “ride” in exchange for sexual activity or provides another “drugs” in exchange to hire the other for sexual activity, the provider of the “ride” or “drugs” is guilty of the crime of Prostitution in the State of Florida. An experienced criminal defense attorney, like Andrew D. Stine, can assist you or love ones in these types of matters.

The question many “Johns” or those arrested in their attempt to pick up a prostitute, who more often than not turns out to be a decoy or undercover Police Officer posing a prostitute, always rest on the argument that “I was just offering her a ride” and “nothing was mentioned by me to initiate the sex.” Basically, the John’s often argue they were set up. John’s inevitable will say that “she,” meaning the police decoy, initiated the “talk about sex.” Many will believe that they in fact were entrapped by the actions of the “police decoy.” The legal principle or defense of entrapment is easily defeated. To prevail on the defense of entrapment, the John must show he was not predisposed in trying to engage the prostitute in an act of sex. Given the surrounding areas of where the Police set up their prostitution stings, like in high crime areas, local parks, and the time of night of the arrest are important factors that go into defeating the defense of entrapment. So how will an arrest or conviction for prostitution or solicitation of prostitution affect me?

Solicitation of Prostitution is a criminal act that will affect your employment status, professional licensing status, college admissions and may ruin your personal life, if your booking photo ends up on the World Wide Web, with a criminal arrest and conviction for this crime. The reason for the negative affect is because the crime of prostitution and solicitation of prostitution is a crime against moral turpitude. A Crime against moral turpitude is a legal concept in the United States and in the State of Florida that refers to “conduct that is considered contrary to community standards of justice, honesty or good morals.” The term of moral turpitude also appears in U.S. immigration laws and has done so since the beginning in the 19th century. Yes, the immigration status of a person who has been arrested for a prostitution related offenses can also be negatively impacted because of the negative stigma the community, courts, and Homeland Security, have placed on the criminal act of prostitution.

If you or a loved one is arrested for Solicitation of Prostitution, Prostitution, or any other sexual offense or sexual crime contact a lawyer and do not go at it alone. West Palm Beach Criminal Defense Lawyer, Andrew D. Stine, will make sure all of your rights are protected and will aggressively provide those arrested for sex crimes with a vigorous defense.

West Palm Beach lawyer Andrew Stine focuses exclusively on criminal defense cases and has an exceptional track record of results spanning the last ten years. A former public defender and medic for the U.S. Army, Mr. Stine is known for being proactive. He represents his clients aggressively, armed with individual attention and a passionate respect for their rights to due process.

When you are accused of a crime, your freedom, your family, your reputation and your job may be at stake. Be certain of your attorney’s competence, reputation, expertise and experience as a Criminal Defense Lawyer.

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