Prostitution/Solicitation Attorney in Fort Bend County
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While being charged with any crime is a serious business, few face a shameful
public stigma so much as specialized
sex crimes such as prostitution and solicitation. Unfortunately, due to both juror
and judge bias, those who are charged with these crimes of indecency to
the public often do not receive a fair trial. So zealous are law enforcement
officials in stamping out these times of behavior, that many act too quickly
in arresting defendants, or even force evidence to stand when it is insufficient
to convict. Many who are innocent of these charges are wrongfully penalized
due to lack of thorough investigation, while those who have committed
some related behavior are unfairly struck with much harsher consequences
Once you have been convicted of these crimes, you will have a very difficult
time in life. Not only are present consequences severe, but the long-lasting
damages on your career, your academic or social status, and your entire
future reputation often never disappear. This is why it is important to
seek the aid of our compassionate, knowledgeable prostitution/solicitation
lawyer in Fort Bend County. At
The Sims Law Firm, PLLC, we are determined that everyone who walks through our doors receives
the fair trial they are entitled to.
Call us now at (713) 766-1445 for a free and confidential consultation
to support you in your hour of need.
Types of Prostitution Charges
In Texas, there are several different charges against prostitution, and
it is important to know the distinction to apply the most appropriate,
direct approach in countering these allegations.
Some of the most common examples of prostitution charges include:
General prostitution – In the state of Texas, prostitution is defined as any sexual behavior
or conduct which is exchanged for a fee or a salary. According to section
§ 43.02 of the Texas Penal Code, prostitution is normally designated
as a Class B crime. Thus, those found guilty of prostitution can serve
up to 180 days of jail time, or pay fees of $2,000, or even both in certain
circumstances. If solicitation occurred with a minor, the crime will be
charged as a felony instead of a misdemeanor.
Solicitation of a prostitute – According to Texas law, anyone who purposefully engages in the
solicitation of a sexual act in exchange for a fee has committed this
crime. The defendant may have sought to engage in sexual conduct themselves,
or have hired a prostitute for another partner, but in either case, has
participated in illegal activity. Even if the sexual act was never carried
out but simply intended, the prosecution can still charge the defendant
with solicitation. Depending on the circumstances, those found guilty
can serve up to six months and pay $1,000 in fees, but anyone found involved
in a felony can pay several thousands more, or even serve more than five years.
Promoting prostitution – Those who may not engage in prostitution themselves but profit
by advertising, supporting, or promoting prostitution are actually charged
with a higher charge of a Class A misdemeanor, because they are held to
be responsible for actions of others, some of whom may not desire to engage
in prostitution in the first place. Therefore, these allegations tend
to have much harsher penalties. The defendant may serve up to 365 days
in incarceration, pay up to $4,000 in the form of fines, or both. Those
who have been discovered in hiring more than one prostitute will additionally
be convicted of a third-degree felony.
Taking Action to Avoid Repercussions
Even if you end up not having to pay the highest penalties available for
your charge, being accused of either prostitution or solicitation will
have major negative impacts on your reputation, your marriage and future
relationships, your job, and your social status for many years to come.
Do not wait but get in touch with our prostitution/solicitation attorney
in Fort Bend County to resolve these accusations before it is too late.
Contact us now at (713) 766-1445 so that our seasoned criminal defense lawyer at
The Sims Law Firm, PLLC can restore you back to your deserved normalcy of life.