Arrests in Palm Beach County for Prostitution
In Florida, the crime of prostitution is punishable by a Misdemeanor and up to a Felony. Florida General Statute 796.07 defines Prostitution and its related applicable terms as follows:
(a) “Prostitution” means the giving or receiving of the body for sexual activity for hire but excludes sexual activity between spouses.
(b) “Lewdness” means any indecent or obscene act.
(c) “Assignation” means the making of any appointment or engagement for prostitution or lewdness, or any act in furtherance of such appointment or engagement.
(d) “Sexual activity” means 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; however, the term does not include acts done for bona fide medical purposes.
Further, in Florida, it is unlawful to own a place of business where prostitution is ongoing. As the Statute states that it is unlawful:
(a) To own, establish, maintain, or operate any place, structure, building, or conveyance for the purpose of lewdness, assignation, or prostitution.
(b) To offer, or to offer or agree to secure, another for the purpose of prostitution or for any other lewd or indecent act.
(c) To receive, or to offer or agree to receive, any person into any place, structure, building, or conveyance for the purpose of prostitution, lewdness, or assignation, or to permit any person to remain there for such purpose.
(d) To direct, take, or transport, or to offer or agree to direct, take, or transport, any person to any place, structure, or building, or to any other person, with knowledge or reasonable cause to believe that the purpose of such directing, taking, or transporting is prostitution, lewdness, or assignation.
(e) To offer to commit, or to commit, or to engage in, prostitution, lewdness, or assignation.
(f) To solicit, induce, entice, or procure another to commit prostitution, lewdness, or assignation.
(g) To reside in, enter, or remain in, any place, structure, or building, or to enter or remain in any conveyance, for the purpose of prostitution, lewdness, or assignation.
(h) To aid, abet, or participate in any of the acts or things enumerated in this subsection.
(i) To purchase the services of any person engaged in prostitution.
(3)(a) In the trial of a person charged with a violation of this section, testimony concerning the reputation of any place, structure, building, or conveyance involved in the charge, testimony concerning the reputation of any person residing in, operating, or frequenting such place, structure, building, or conveyance, and testimony concerning the reputation of the defendant is admissible in evidence in support of the charge.
(b) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a police officer may testify as an offended party in an action regarding charges filed pursuant to this section.
(4) A person who violates any provision of this section commits:
(a) A misdemeanor of the second degree for a first violation, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.
(b) A misdemeanor of the first degree for a second violation, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083.
(c) A felony of the third degree for a third or subsequent violation, punishable as provided in s. 775.082, s. 775.083, or s. 775.084.
(5) A person who is charged with a third or subsequent violation of this section shall be offered admission to a pretrial intervention program or a substance abuse treatment program as provided in s. 948.08.
(6) A person who violates paragraph (2)(f) shall be assessed a civil penalty of $5,000 if the violation results in any judicial disposition other than acquittal or dismissal. Of the proceeds from each penalty assessed under this subsection, the first $500 shall be paid to the circuit court administrator for the sole purpose of paying the administrative costs of treatment-based drug court programs provided under s. 397.334. The remainder of the penalty assessed shall be deposited in the Operations and Maintenance Trust Fund of the Department of Children and Families for the sole purpose of funding safe houses and safe foster homes as provided in s. 409.1678.
In Palm Beach County, Florida law enforcement officers will set up “prostitution” stings. The law enforcement officers will set up a decoy, an undercover female law enforcement officer, posing as a street girl. The spot where the decoy is set up is usually in high known areas for prostitution, like South Dixie Highway in West Palm Beach and Lake-Worth and North Dixie Highway in the Northwood section of the city. The undercover street girl will be wearing a kell device. A kell device is a small microphone that fits inside of the decoy’s clothing usually under her bra. The keel catches the conversation between the unsuspected “John” and the undercover officer.
Once the John mentions he will pay money or give something in value for some type of sexual activity, the crime is committed. The undercover prostitute will then give a takedown sign and other officers will quickly move in for the arrest. The arrest usually occurs away from the initial location of where the undercover police officer was prostituting herself. This is to protect the area in question for more arrest, so as not to reveal the prostitution sting that is currently taking place.
After being arrested in Palm Beach County, Florida for procurement of a prostitute, the “John’s” booking photo will be placed on the PBSO.ORG website. The John will also be giving a court date. While this may be an embarrassing life event for many people, prostitution is an old profession and the reason why the government punishes it, is because the government cannot tax it. Sincerely speaking, prostitution is not taxed, unless and until the John is caught.
After being arrested and released from jail on the charge of procurement of prostitution, the defendant must immediately hire a criminal defense lawyer, who is experienced and knows exactly what the prosecutor and judge wants to have the John complete to have the prostitution crime dismissed. Through years of defending procurement of prostitution cases, Criminal Defense Attorney Andrew D. Stine has put together a roadmap to success, that if followed by the accused leads to the dismissal of the criminal charges. After which, the criminal matter can be expunged or sealed, meaning that the photo of the “John” on the PBSO.ORG website and all related material showing the name, address, social security number, date of birth, driver’s license number and so on, of the John, will be forever removed from the records.
If you have been arrested for prostitution, owning or running a place of business for the procurement of prostitution or any other prostitution related crime, contact West Palm Beach Criminal Attorney Andrew D. Stine. Palm Beach Criminal lawyer, Andrew D. Stine, has a solid track record of 100% in achieving dismissals for his clients, who are arrested on prostitution related criminal cases as it applies to first time offenders. Hire Stine or Do the Time.