In Texas, there are multiple laws related to prostitution. Each offense has individual factors and elements regarding the specific violation. Having a general knowledge and understanding of the laws is beneficial in the event that you find yourself faced with these types of charges. If you have been charged with a prostitution offense, having the help of our Plano criminal defense lawyer at the Wilder Law Firm can be of major importance.
A crime of this nature is generally charged as a Class B misdemeanor. However, if the individual has been previously convicted of committing prostitution once or twice, the charge will be increased to a Class A misdemeanor. If the individual has been convicted three or more times previously, the charge is now deemed to be a state jail felony.
In Texas, a person commits the crime of prostitution if he or she knowingly:
Generally, a required element of this law is that there must be a furtherance of the act in order for the crime to have been performed. For example, if the actor receives or pays a fee.
In relation to this law, a “public place” is considered a location where the public or a large portion of the public has access. This often includes places such as apartment buildings, hotels, schools, hospitals, and shopping centers.
This crime is generally charged as a Class A misdemeanor, which is punishable by up to one year in jail and fines up to $4,000. Furthermore, a state jail felony will result in 180 days – 2 years in jail and fine that is not to exceed $10,000.
The crime of aggravated promotion of prostitution occurs when a person knowingly owns, invests in, finances, controls, supervises, or manages a prostitution enterprise that uses two or more prostitutes. This crime is generally considered a Third Degree felony which is punishable by receiving 2-10 years imprisonment and fines up to $10,000.
An individual can be charged with the act of compelling prostitution if he knowingly causes another by force, threat or fraud to commit prostitution or causes by any means a person younger than 17 years to commit prostitution. This crime is most often charged as a Second Degree felony. This level of felony is punishable by 2-20 years imprisonment and fines up to $10,000.
If you have been charged with a crime related to the prostitution laws in Texas, contact an experienced attorney in the area who is knowledgeable on the laws and will help you to understand the laws and ensure that you receive the best outcome possible regarding your legal matters.