Charged with Prostitution or Solicitation in Fort Worth / Tarrant County?
Have you, a friend or a loved one been arrested for Prostitution or Promoting Prostitution? If so, call The Hampton Law Firm now to speak to Jeff Hampton about your legal options! Tarrant County Vice Units make it a practice to conduct sting operations targeting individuals involved in prostitution at clubs, adult entertainment establishments, massage parlors, escort services and internet advertisements.
Under Texas Penal Code, Section 43.02, a person commits the criminal offense of Prostitution if he knowingly offers to engage, agrees to engage, or engages in sexual conduct for a fee; or solicits another in a public place to engage with him in sexual conduct for hire. Legally, the crime of Prostitution is established whether the actor is to receive or pay a fee or whether the actor solicits a person to hire him or offers to hire the person solicited.
The crime of Prostitution is classified as a Class B misdemeanor punishable by a term in the Tarrant County jail of up to 180 days and a fine not to exceed $2,000. However, if the actor has previously been convicted one or two times of Prostitution, then the crime will be classified as a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by a term in the Tarrant County jail of up to 1 year and a fine not to exceed $4,000. If the actor has previously been convicted three or more times of the crime of Prostitution, then the crime will be classified as a State Jail Felony, punishable by a term in a State Jail facility of not less than 180 days but not more than 2 years. If the person solicited was 14 years of age or older and younger than 18 years of age, the crime will be classified as a 3rd Degree Felony, punishable by a term in prison of not less than 2 years but not more than 10 years. Finally, if the person solicited was younger than 14 years of age, the crime will be classified as a 2nd Degree Felony, punishable by a term in prison of not less than 2 years but not more than 20 years.
If you have been charged with soliciting another to engage in sexual conduct for hire, it is important to understand that the State of Texas must prove that this conduct took place in a “public place.” Texas law defines a “public place” as any place to which the public or a substantial group of the public has access and includes, but is not limited to the common areas of: hotels; apartment buildings, schools, office buildings, hospitals, retail establishments and shops; airports or bus stations and the streets and highways.
Promotion of Prostitution
Under Texas Penal Code, Section 43.03, a person commits the criminal offense of Promotion of Prostitution if, acting other than as a prostitute receiving compensation for personally rendered prostitution services, he or she knowingly:
- Receives money or other property pursuant to an agreement to participate in the proceeds of prostitution; or
- Solicits another to engage in sexual conduct with another person for compensation.
The crime of Promotion of Prostitution is classified as a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by a term in the Tarrant County jail of up to 1 year and up to a $4,000 fine.
Depending upon your circumstances and specific charges, being charged with Prostitution or Promotion of Prostitution could force you to address a serious criminal offense that could result in jail time or prison time and a hefty fine. Furthermore, a conviction for Prostitution or Promotion of Prostitution could result in serious long-term consequences that could result in the following: prison time, an extended probation term, a permanent limitation in your ability to get a job and the stigma of being labeled as a person convicted of a sex crime. Don’t let a bad situation or a bad decision limit your potential and your future!
It is critical that you call The Hampton Law Firm now for a free consultation. At The Hampton Law Firm, you will find an aggressive and experienced criminal defense firm that will thoroughly investigate your case and explore all possible defenses available to you under the law and work to get your case dismissed!
Contact the Hampton Law Firm now at 817-877-5200 to schedule a free consultation to determine your rights and legal options.