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Undercover Prostitution Stings in South Florida

Law enforcement officials in South Florida are increasing their efforts to put “Johns” behind bars with their anti-prostitution campaigns.  In Palm Beach County, FL undercover Palm Beach County Sheriff Deputies are walking South Dixie Highway, in the area of Lake-Worth, FL to apprehend individuals who are looking to pay for sex. In South Miami, FL the Dade County Sheriff’s Office is using reverse stings to catch individuals trying to solicit prostitutes from internet websites like Backpage.com and Craigslist.com.

Sources close to the prostitution sting being conducted by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office in Lake-Worth, FL indicate that undercover female officers walking South Dixie Highway, posing as working girls, have netted well over 30 arrest per day of would be Johns. The South Miami operation is also netting tens of arrest per day as individuals are login onto popular computer websites looking to score an “escort.” These website surfing Johns find out that when they arrive at the hotel or motel and exchange their money for sex, they are quickly handcuffed and arrested under Florida Law Sec. 796.07 that prohibits Prostitution.

The South Miami undercover sex sting even netted South Florida Chief of Police Stephen Johnson. Stephen Johnson, Chief of Police of Miami Gardens, was roped up in the undercover prostitution sting being conducted in South Miami on Friday by undercover agents. The chief of police blamed a stressful job for why he contacted two escorts on Backpage.com, while looking for a threesome with the two working girls that actually turned out to be two undercover officers. The chief of police would have handcuffs slide on him in the hotel room, but nothing more by the working girls. The chief of police did post bail on Saturday morning and was released from the county jail and is awaiting his Arraignment on the crime of Solicitation of Prostitution.

In Florida, Solicitation of Prostitution is a Misdemeanor for first time offenders. But the crime of Solicitation of Prostitution and its related criminal acts can also be enhanced to a Felony, depending on whether or not the accused has violated the prostitution laws on three or more occasions. Solicitation of Prostitution is also considered a crime against moral turpitude. Being a crime against moral turpitude it may have significant ramifications with the accused employment. Just ask the Miami’s Gardens now “former” Chief of Police, Stephen Johnson, about how much of an impact crimes against moral turpitude may affect one’s livelihood.

Under Florida Law “prostitution” means the giving or receiving of the body for sexual activity for hire but excludes sexual activity between spouses. Lewdness means any indecent act. Assignation means the making of any appointment or engagement for prostitution or lewdness, or any act in furtherance of such appointment or engagement. 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.

With the above definitions it is unlawful in Florida to: (a) own, establish, maintain, or operate any place, structure, building, or conveyance for the purpose of lewdness, assignation, or prostitution; (b) offer, or to offer or agree to secure, another for the purpose of prostitution or for any other lewd or indecent act;

(c) 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) 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) offer to commit, or to commit, or to engage in, prostitution, lewdness, or assignation; (f) solicit, induce, entice, or procure another to commit prostitution, lewdness, or assignation; (g) 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) aid, abet, or participate in any of the acts or things enumerated in this subsection; (i) purchase the services of any person engaged in prostitution.

Punishment for a person who violates any provision of section 796.07 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. Or (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. So as one can easily see, the crime of prostitution in Florida is enhanced with each additional violation.

While Floridians can debate whether or not prostitution should be legal and regulated, is for other blogs to debate, but one must understand that Solicitation of Prostitution in Florida is a crime.  Palm Beach Criminal Defense Attorney Andrew D. Stine has been advising and defending those arrested and charged with Solicitation of Prostitution for over a decade.  West Palm Criminal Defense, Attorney Andrew D. Stine, has put in a place his “Road Map to Success.” The “Road Map to Success” is for those arrested and charged with crimes like Solicitation of Prostitution.

Hundreds of first time offenders have followed the advice of West Palm Beach Criminal Defense Attorney, Andrew D. Stine, and have had their criminal cases dismissed and their criminal records expunged. As a matter of fact, the success rate for first time offenders who adamantly follow the “Road Map to Success” is a 100% in getting their criminal case dismissed or Nolle Prosse!

If you or a loved one has been recently arrested or indicted on criminal charges, like solicitation of prostitution, then call West Palm Beach Criminal Defense Lawyer Andrew D. Stine at 561.880.4300 right now for your immediate free consultation. Remember, do like thousands before you have done and “Hire Stine or Do the Time!”

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