Solicitation of a Prostitute
Prostitution is defined under state law in Florida as “the giving or receiving of the body for sexual activity for hire,” although the term excludes sexual activity between spouses. To solicit generally means to ask, but the legal context of solicit means to offer to have sex with somebody in exchange for money.
Prostitution and solicitation for prostitution are both criminal offenses in Florida. An arrest for soliciting a prostitute is an incredibly embarrassing offense that brings tremendous shame to alleged offenders, but a conviction can also carry serious consequences.Solicitation of a Prostitute Lawyer in Broward County, Florida
Were you recently arrested in South Florida for allegedly soliciting a prostitute? You should avoid saying anything to authorities until you have legal representation. Contact The Hoffman Firm as soon as possible for help protecting your rights.
Evan A. Hoffman is a skilled criminal defense attorney in Fort Lauderdale who represents clients accused of sex-related offenses all over the greater Broward County area, including Fort Lauderdale, Margate, Sunrise, Dania Beach, Miramar, and surrounding communities. You can have him review your case and help you understand your legal options when you call (954) 524-4474 to schedule a free initial consultation.
Fort Lauderdale Solicitation of Prostitutes Information Center
- What are the possible consequences of soliciting a prostitute in Florida?
- Are there similar offenses related to solicitation?
- Where can I learn more about prostitution crimes in Broward County?
Solicitation of Prostitution Charges in Florida
Florida Statute § 796.07(2)(f) makes it illegal for a person to “solicit, induce, entice, or procure another to commit prostitution, lewdness, or assignation.” Lewdness is defined as any indecent or obscene act, and assignation means the making of any appointment or engagement for prostitution or lewdness, or any act in furtherance of such appointment or engagement.
The possible penalties of being convicted for this offense increase depending on how many times the alleged offender has been convicted of this violation. A person could be subject to one of the following sentences:
- First Offense — First-degree misdemeanor punishable by a maximum sentence of one year in jail and/or a maximum fine of $1,000;
- Second Offense — Third-degree felony punishable by a maximum sentence of five years in prison and/or a maximum fine of $5,000; or
- Third or Subsequent Offense — Second-degree felony punishable by a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison and/or a maximum fine of $10,000.
Alleged offenders who are convicted of these offenses can also be assessed a civil penalty of $5,000, ordered to perform 100 hours of community service, and pay for and attend an educational program about the negative effects of prostitution and human trafficking, such as a sexual violence prevention education program. If a person is convicted of a second or subsequent offense, he or she will be sentenced to a minimum mandatory period of incarceration of 10 days.
Furthermore, if an alleged offender uses a motor vehicle in the course of the alleged offense, the judge can issue an order for the impoundment or immobilization of the vehicle for a period of up to 60 days. It will be critical to have the help of an experienced criminal defense lawyer who can demand an adverse preliminary hearing to get a vehicle back.
Related Solicitation Offenses in Miami-Dade County
Several offenses related to solicitation are also established under Florida Statute § 796.07. A person could face criminal charges for any of the following:
- Owning, establishing, maintaining, or operating any place, structure, building, or conveyance for the purpose of lewdness, assignation, or prostitution;
- Offering, or offering or agreeing to secure, another for the purpose of prostitution or for any other lewd or indecent act;
- Receiving, or offering or agreeing 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;
- Directing, taking, or transporting, or offering or agreeing 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;
- Offering to commit, or committing, or engaging in, prostitution, lewdness, or assignation;
- Residing in, entering, or remaining in, any place, structure, or building, or to enter or remain in any conveyance, for the purpose of prostitution, lewdness, or assignation;
- Aiding, abetting, or participating in any of the acts or things listed above; or
- Purchasing the services of any person engaged in prostitution.
Similar to solicitation charges, the possible penalties for being convicted of any of the offenses listed above increase with subsequent violations. Possible sentences include:
- First Offense — Second-degree misdemeanor punishable by a maximum sentence of 60 days in jail and/or a maximum fine of up to $500;
- Second Offense — First-degree misdemeanor punishable by a maximum sentence of one year in jail and/or a maximum fine of $1,000; or
- Third or Subsequent Offense — Third-degree felony punishable by a maximum sentence of five years in prison and/or a maximum fine of $5,000.
Florida Resources for Solicitation Arrests
Top 3 Prostitution-Plagued Areas | Google — View a Google Map of the three areas in Fort Lauderdale with the largest prostitution problems. The locations listed here include Sistrunk Boulevard, South Federal Highway, and Sears Town. The website also lists Fort Lauderdale Police Department arrest totals for 2006 through 2011.
Florida Statute § 796.07 — Visit this website to view the full text for the statute prohibiting prostitution and related acts. Learn more about the definitions and penalties associated with offenses under this statute. You can also find ways to have orders for impoundment or immobilization of motor vehicles dismissed.
If you were arrested in South Florida for the alleged solicitation of a prostitute, it is in your best interest to immediately retain legal counsel. The Hoffman Firm defends clients in Lauderhill, Hallandale Beach, Pompano Beach, Cooper City, Hollywood, and many nearby areas of Broward County.
Fort Lauderdale criminal defense attorney Evan A. Hoffman understands how prosecutors think because he is a former Assistant State Attorney for the Broward County State Attorney’s Office. He can use his knowledge to fight for a reduction in or dismissal of your criminal charges as soon as you call (954) 524-4474 or complete an online contact form to schedule a free, confidential consultation.