Prostitution and Solicitation Defense Lawyer Jeffrey Grass
Plano Prostitution and Solicitation Lawyer
Getting arrested for prostitution or solicitation of prostitution can be an embarrassing and devastating experience that also leaves you facing some potentially serious penalties. And this says nothing of the impact on your family, your career, your reputation and other areas of your life.
While prostitution and solicitation are not as serious as many of the other sex crimes in Texas, the penalties can still be harsh, particularly for those with a prior conviction. At the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass, we are ready to defend your case and your constitutional rights, your freedom, and your future.
When you turn to our Dallas defense lawyers, you can move forward with full confidence knowing that we have over 20 years of experience handling criminal defense for clients in Collin County, Dallas, Plano, Fort Worth and beyond.
If you or a loved one have been arrested for prostitution, solicitation of prostitution or another sex crime, you need a qualified defense attorney. Trust your case to the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass if you’re seeking an aggressive, highly strategic defense to these allegations.
You’re encouraged to contact our law offices as soon as possible to discuss your case in a free, fully confidential initial consultation. Just call (972) 422-9999.
Common Questions and Concerns After an Arrest for Prostitution or Solicitation
Defense lawyers with the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass have handled many cases involving allegations of prostitution or solicitation, so we have the experience required to help you reclaim your reputation while putting an end to your legal troubles.
You probably have lots of questions and concerns, especially if you’ve never been involved with the legal system before. So our legal team has compiled information on a few of the most common queries that we address with clients just like you.
What is the Definition of Prostitution in Texas?
Texas law defines prostitution as performing a sexual act in exchange for money or another form of compensation.
It is also illegal to patronize or solicit prostitution – that is, seeking and paying (or otherwise compensating) someone for sex. This is also known as solicitation of prostitution.
Notably, simply offering to work as a prostitute – exchanging sexual favors for compensation – is considered a crime in Texas. The same is true of offering to pay for sex. Therefore, you may still be prosecuted even if there was no sexual act performed and no money (or other form of compensation) changed hands.
Are the Crimes of Prostitution and Solicitation Misdemeanors or Felonies in Collin County?
In Texas, there are some forms of prostitution and solicitation that are considered misdemeanors, while other forms are considered felonies.
Prostitution and solicitation of prostitution are crimes that are typically charged as a class B misdemeanor, which carries a maximum penalty of 180 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $2,000.
If you have one or two prior convictions for prostitution or solicitation of prostitution, the prosecutor may pursue the case as a class A misdemeanor – the most serious form of misdemeanor. This offense can carry a maximum sentence of up to one year in jail and/or a fine of up to $4,000.
If you have three or more prior convictions for prostitution or solicitation of prostitution, the case may be prosecuted as a state jail felony. This charge can carry a maximum sentence of up to 180 days in jail or up to two years in prison and/or a fine of up to $2,000.
It is a third-degree felony to solicit prostitution from a person who is at least 14 years old but younger than 18 years. This crime carries a maximum penalty of up to 10 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000.
It is a second-degree felony to solicit sex from someone who is under the age of 14. Notably, ignorance of the individual’s age may not necessarily be considered a viable defense. This crime carries a maximum penalty of up to 20 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000.
What is Considered Pimping or Promoting Prostitution?
Per Texas law, it is illegal to facilitate and promote prostitution and/or take a commission from a prostitute’s earnings (known as “pimping.”) You could face an aggravated charge in cases where two or more prostitutes are involved.
Pimping and promoting prostitution are considered class A misdemeanors, while the aggravated version of this charge is a third-degree felony, carrying up to 10 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000.
Compelling prostitution is considered a second-degree felony.
Your case could be prosecuted as a more serious felony if it involves a prostitute who is under the age of 18.
Will I Need to Register as a Sex Offender if I’m Convicted of Prostitution or Solicitation?
It is possible that you could be ordered by the courts to register as a sex offender if you’re convicted of a sex crime such as compelling prostitution. Generally, prostitution and solicitation of prostitution charges do not result in a requirement to register as a sex offender in Texas, although there are always exceptions if your case involves other charges (such as crimes involving a child or violence.)
Hire a Texas Defense Lawyer to Handle Your Prostitution or Solicitation Case
If you have been arrested for prostitution or solicitation of prostitution, you may be feeling embarrassed and concerned for your future and your freedom. But the experienced team of Texas defense lawyers with the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass is here to defend your case.
We serve clients throughout Dallas, Fort Worth, Plano, and beyond, including Dallas County, Collin County, and Denton County. Our legal team utilizes an aggressive yet highly strategic defense strategy that is designed to minimize the adverse impact on your life, while simultaneously maximizing your chances of seeing a positive case conclusion.
Established by a Texas criminal defense attorney with over 20 years in practice, the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass handle a broad range of criminal cases. Notably, Attorney Grass has served as a U.S. Navy Judge Advocate (JAG). He was also selected as one of the Top 100 Lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers Association. He maintains an AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®.
If you’re facing charges of prostitution, solicitation or promoting prostitution, trust your case to the experienced and well-respected legal team at the Law Offices of Jeffrey C. Grass. Contact us today to schedule a fully confidential, no-cost case evaluation by calling (972) 422-9999.
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