What If I’m Arrested for Solicitation of Prostitution?
West Palm Beach Police are cracking down on solicitation of prostitution. Stings are now targeting “Johns” instead of actual prostitutes. If you have been arrested for soliciting for prostitution, an aggressive and proactive criminal defense lawyer can help.
According to West Palm Beach News:
In Boynton Beach, Fla., Eight men were arrested for soliciting prostitution. The problem was that they were soliciting from undercover police officers.
The undercover prostitution bust took place last Friday on South Federal Highway at the 2700 block. Police reported that the men ranged from 27 to 53 years old and were all charged with solicitation of prostitution.
Two other men were also arrested after they sold the undercover officers Roxycodone.
Solicitation of Prostitution
Prostitution is defined as the act or practice of providing sexual services with another person in return for payment. Persons who execute such activity are called prostitutes. Prostitution has been around for centuries and is one of the fastest growing crime industries, second only to the drug trade. Estimates place the annual revenue generated from the global prostitution industry to be over $100 billion.
Prostitution and the Law
The Prostitution Impact Prevention Education program (PIPE) was developed in West Palm Beach to address the inequity in the prosecution of men and women arrested for solicitation for prostitution.
The purpose of the PIPE plea off is to educate the defendant as to the consequences of soliciting prostitutes. These consequences can include contracting and spreading STD’s, HIV, hepatitis, or exposure to other dangerous and illegal activities.
If you are arrested for soliciting prostitution, you will be transported to the West Palm Beach Police Department to file arrest paperwork and an information sheet with your personal information and photo.
Then, you will be transported to Palm Beach County Jail with a cash bond option. For a first appearance, you will be held overnight if you can’t make bail.
If you plead not guilty, a court date is set. If you plead guilty to the PIPE plea, you will be sentenced to 60 days in jail. You may be released if you follow the conditions of the PIPE plea. These include:
- Attending the PIPE school (an education awareness program)
- Testing for STD, HIV, hepatitis
- Payment of all fees (including the education fees)
- Staying out of the mapped area he/she was arrested in
Contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer to be on your team and help you understand your rights.