Prostitution & Solicitation Defense
Being accused of either prostitution or solicitation in Texas is a serious situation. In the best-case scenario, you will be charged with a Class B misdemeanor. Certain circumstances will elevate the charge to a first-degree felony, however.
To uphold your rights and shield yourself from undue conviction, team up with Barbieri Law Firm, P.C. We are a highly experienced team of criminal defense lawyers with a drive to succeed. Led by attorney Heather Barbieri, who is board-certified in criminal law, we are ready for anything the prosecution might throw at us.
Want a complimentary case evaluation? Dial 469-300-1522 now.
Understanding The Crimes Of Prostitution And Solicitation
Prostitution and solicitation are similar criminal violations, but they are not identical. In order to defend yourself from your charges, you will want to know the key details of each crime:
- Prostitution: Offering to engage in a sexual act or conduct for some form of compensation, such as currency or a favor.
- Solicitation: Offering some form of compensation in exchange for sexual conduct.
The crime of solicitation can also sometimes be extended to people who attempt to market someone else as a prostitute. The law may call this activity pimping, pandering or “managing a prostitution enterprise” instead. Penalties for any of these violations, though, tend to be quite similar.
If you are convicted of prostitution, solicitation or pandering, penalties could include:
- Extended jail or prison sentences
- High fines and fees
- Registration as a sex offender
Shutting Down Entrapment Efforts
It is not uncommon for law enforcement agencies to try to lure people into paying for prostitution, or into offering sexual favors for money. They call such operations “stings” but our criminal defense attorneys see these efforts for what they really are: entrapment.
It is illegal for the government to try to tempt you into committing a crime. If we can prove you were coerced by an officer of the law, even if they were undercover, then it might be possible to have your case dismissed outright.
Powerful Legal Defenders You Can Depend On
Barbieri Law Firm, P.C., is known throughout Texas for being a focused legal team unafraid of taking tough, high-stakes cases.
When you need help saving your name and freedoms from prostitution or solicitation charges, you will want our attorneys by your side. Call 469-300-1522 without delay.