Prostitution is commonly referred to as a “victimless” crime. The “victim” is likely willing to take part in the crime. But that doesn’t mean that law enforcement condones prostitution or looks the other way. Florida law defines prostitution as “the giving or receiving of the body for sexual activity for hire.” Unless you’re married to the individual with whom you engaged in sexual activity, law enforcement will make a concerted effort, if you paid for the sexual activity, to ferret out your activity and charge you with a crime. A law enforcement official might pose as either a prostitute or as someone willing to purchase such services. If he or she is successful in luring you into illegal sexual activity, you will be charged. Unfortunately, these “sting” operations are perfectly legal and can be used against you in court.
If you’re convicted, your life will change forever. It doesn’t matter to the state of Florida if you purchased sex or offered it for sale – the consequences are the same. You could possibly be facing a felony conviction, depending on the details of your case. But you don’t have to face this alone. If you call Katz & Phillips, one of our dedicated and aggressive attorneys will fight to defend your legal rights and to minimize the damage to your reputation. We’ll work hard to ensure that you’re not subject to a felony conviction. We’re on your side, and we understand that things can often happen that are taken in the wrong context, exposing you to criminal charges. We understand that you might have been “set up” by a sting operation. We’ll do everything we can to help you defend against this. Call the attorneys at Katz & Phillips today so we can get started.