Prostitution is a criminal act in Florida, but so is the soliciting a person to engage in prostitution. A person does not need to physically exchange money with a prostitute or actually engage in any sexual act in order to be arrested.
The charge of soliciting a prostitute is incredibly embarrassing, but it can also have very harsh penalties that may include fines and possible imprisonment. Often time as is the norm, local law enforcement set up sting operations online on such sites as Craigslist and Backpage. All too often these arrests can be the result of simple misunderstandings. It is critical to immediately seek legal counsel when a person is facing these charges.
Were you arrested for soliciting a prostitute in Brevard County for solicitation? Melbourne criminal defense attorney James Coulter understand the devastating impact that these charges can have on your life, and we will make every effort to protect your privacy and restore your good name.
The Law Offices of James B. Coulter helps clients all over Melbourne and surrounding areas of Brevard County and the state of Florida. Our firm also represents people who were arrested for these alleged crimes while they were on vacation or visiting the area. We provide a complete evaluation of your case during a free and completely confidential consultation when you call (321) 586-9944 today.
Under Florida Statute § 796.07(2), a person can be charged with a prostitution crime if he or she:
The possible punishments for soliciting prostitution are based on whether an alleged offender has been previously convicted of this offense. Under Florida Statute § 796.07(4), the offense classifications and associated penalties are as follows:
An experienced criminal defense lawyer can thoroughly investigate your case and may be able to raise any number of defenses that can result in charges being reduced or dismissed. Some examples can include, but are not limited to:
A person who is in the Palm Bay or Melbourne area on business, vacation, or some other reason may find himself or herself facing these charges following a misunderstanding of his or her true intent. However, just because a person does not reside in Central Florida does not mean that he or she can simply ignore the court dates that result from an arrest for soliciting prostitution.
If you were charged for this offense while visiting the Melbourne or Satellite Beach area, you should be sure to seek the help of an attorney in the area who can represent you and act on your behalf in Florida courts. Remember that failure to appear in court can result in a warrant being issued for your arrest, possibly causing additional complications later on.
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A person understandably feels tremendous shame and a certain degree of confusion after being charged with soliciting prostitution, but you should know that the state bears the burden of proving your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. James Coulter is a dedicated Palm Bay criminal defense attorney who will identify all weaknesses in the prosecution’s case and use these to help you achieve the most favorable possible outcome to your case.
The Law Offices of James B. Coulter serves clients in Palm Shores, Melbourne and throughout the state of Florida as well as tourists and other visitors who were arrested for these kinds of charges while in the Sunshine State. Call (321) 586-9944 right now to set up a free legal consultation that will allow our firm to review your case.