Prostitution

While prostitution has been legalized in some parts of the world, it is still considered a crime in the state of Texas. Facing a prostitution accusation or charge can be embarrassing and overwhelming. You are looking at the potential for jail time, a tarnished reputation, and a negatively impacted family. It is natural to feel confused and unsure of where to turn. 

When you hire The Wilder Law Firm, you will be putting more than 25 years of experience to work for you. Our research capabilities, knowledge of the law, and communication skills will be used to establish the most effective defense given the facts of your case. Call us at 469-551-8609 for your free confidential consultation.

What Is Prostitution?

Texas Penal Code Chapter 43 outlines several crimes related to prostitution. These include:

  • Prostitution
  • Promotion of prostitution
  • Online promotion of prostitution
  • Aggravated promotion of prostitution
  • Compelling prostitution 

Prostitution

Under the penal code, prostitution happens when a person:

  1. Knowingly offers or agrees to receive a fee from another to engage in sexual conduct.
  2. Knowingly offers or agrees to pay a fee to another person to engage in sexual conduct with that person or another (43.02).

Promotion of Prostitution

This occurs when a person acting other than as a prostitute receiving compensation for personally rendered prostitution services, and knowingly:

  1. Receives money or other property due to an agreement to participate in the proceeds of prostitution; or
  2. Solicits another to engage in sexual conduct for compensation with another person (43.03).

Online promotion of prostitution:

This occurs when a person owns, manages, or operates an interactive computer service or information content provider with the intention of promoting or facilitating prostitution (43.031).

Aggravated promotion of prostitution

This happens when a person knowingly owns, invests in, finances, controls, supervises, or manages a prostitution enterprise that uses two or more prostitutes (43.04).

Aggravated online promotion of prostitution

This happens when a person owns, manages, or operates an interactive computer service or information content provider to promote or facilitate the prostitution of five or more people (43.041).

Compelling prostitution

This happens when a person knowingly: 

  1. Causes another by force, threat, coercion, or fraud to commit prostitution; or
  2. Causes a child under 18 years to commit prostitution. This is the case whether or not the actor knows the age of the child at the time (43.05). 

How a Dallas Prostitution Lawyer Will Defend You 

In defending those accused of prostitution, attention to detail is a must. Officers present a one sided story that does not always accurately reflect the facts. We will investigate all the facts so we can tell your side of the story, making sure what really happened is presented. Many people charged with prostitution are often the victim of a police “prostitution sting” and find themselves at the wrong place at the wrong time.

Penalties of Prostitution Crimes

  • Prostitution: A jail sentence of up to 180 days and a fine up to $2,000 for a first offense. The range of punishment increases with subsequent convictions.
  • Prostitution where a person under the age of 18, where the accused was told the person was under the age of 18, or where the accused believed the person was under the age of 18, is involved: A prison sentence of 2-20 years and a fine up to $10,000.  
  • Promotion of Prostitution: A prison sentence of 2-10 years and a fine up to $10,000. If the defendant was previously convicted of this crime they face a prison sentence of 2-20 years and a fine up to $10,000. If the defendant involved someone under the age of 18 (regardless of if they knew the age of the person) they face a prison sentence of 5-99 years and a fine up to $10,000. 
  • Online Solicitation of Prostitution: A prison sentence of 2-10 years and a fine up to $10,000. If the defendant was previously convicted of this crime or involves someone under the age of 18, they face a prison sentence of 2-20 years and a fine up to $10,000
  • Aggravated Promotion of Prostitution: A prison sentence of 5-99 years and a fine up to $10,000. 
  • Aggravated Online Promotion of Prostitution: A prison sentence of 2-20 years and a fine of as much as $10,000. If the defendant has already been convicted of this crime or involves one or more people under the age of 18, they face a prison sentence of 5-99 years and a fine up to $10,000.
  • Compelling Prostitution: A prison sentence of 5-99 years and a fine up to $10,000.
Our #1 Priority is Protecting Your Future

When you or a loved one are accused or prostitution, you need The Wilder Law Firm on your side. Prostitution penalties are serious and waiting to see what happens can be devastating to your case. We will use our knowledge and experience to establish the most effective defense for your situation. Call us at 469-551-8609 for immediate help. 

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