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Florida law defines the crime of Solicitation for Prostitution as the asking or attempt to induce another to engage in prostitution.

Basically, if you ask another person or attempt to induce another person to engage in a sex act in exchange for something of value (money, etc.), you could find yourself charged with Solicitation for Prostitution.

Penalties for a Solicitation to Commit Prostitution Charge

The penalties for a Solicitation charge vary greatly depending on how many prior violations you have had in the past. The penalties increase with each violation.

For a first time violation, Solicitation to Commit PRostitution is classified as a second degree misdemeanor in Florida punishable by up to:
  1. Sixty days in the County Jail;
  2. Six months of supervised probation;
  3. A $500 fine

For a second violation, Solicitation to Commit Prostitution is classified as a first degree misdemeanor in Florida punishable by up to:
  1. One year in the County Jail;
  2. Twelve months of supervised probation;
  3. A $1,000 fine
For a third or subsequent violation, Solicitation to Commit Prostitution is classified as a third degree felony in Florida punishable by up to:
  1. Five years in State Prison;
  2. Five years of supervised probation;
  3. A $5,000 fine
Additionally, Florida Statute §796.07(6), provides that amandatory fine of $5,000 shall be imposed for each violation (even a first). This is true regardless of whether you are adjudicated guilty or receive a withhold of adjudication.

Defenses to a Solicitation to Commit Prostitution Charge

In addition to factual defenses that would be raised at trial to show reasonable doubt as to the crime alleged, some common defenses to a Solicitation to Commit Prostitution charge in Florida include:

The sexual encounter did not involve the exchange of money or something of value
Florida law prohibits engaging in sex acts for hire. The “for hire” provision will generally mean that you agreed to have someone perform a sex act in exchange for something of value (money, etc.). Consensual sexual encounters are obviously not illegal and if the “for hire” is lacking, you may have a legal defense to the charge against you.

Contact Orlando Criminal Defense Attorney Chris Kaigle if you’ve been charged with Solicitation to Commit Prostitution in Florida!
(407) 545-6416