Prostitution

Crimes of morality

“People tend to be put off by the idea of selling sex, but if you spend a winter’s night with one of them and talk with her about her family and so on, you’re likely to find she’s just like any other woman.”

-EIJI YOSHIKAWA, The Art of War

Whether or not the criminalization of prostitution is seen as as a moral issue, a charge of prostitution or solicitation can certainly ruin a person’s life. With the proliferation of mugshot websites pulling from pubic databases, just being charged or arrested can cost a person their job or job prospects, friends, or even custody of their children. There are aspects of Florida’s prostitution statute that can be a little vague – such as “lewdness,” which may sometimes result in an arrest under potentially otherwise legal circumstances involving two consenting adults.

Prostitution is also another one of Florida’s “enhanceable” crimes.  A first time charge of prostitution is a second degree misdemeanor. Being charged again after a previous conviction elevates the crime to a first degree misdemeanor, with the attendant increases in penalties. A third time, and it can become a third degree felony. This can greatly increase the potential punishment you might face for a prostitution charge.

How a Satellite Beach Criminal Defense Lawyer Can Help

Prostitution charges can be defended in a number of ways, including entrapment, errors in the investigation, and pretrial motions to dismiss or suppress.  Sometimes, otherwise innocent statements were misinterpreted.  In addition, there can be mistakes of identify, especially in cases involving internet transactions.

It is extremely important that you seek advice from an experienced criminal defense attorney who can advise you on your rights, penalties you might be facing, possible consequences outside the criminal courtroom, and any defenses you may have, as soon as possible. Preparing a trial defense early on in your case can be extremely critical to obtaining the best outcome possible. No one wants to face an impending trial without feeling like they have some idea of what to expect and a game plan in place. An experienced prostitution defense attorney can guide you and help you find the confidence to persevere through the process.

About Attorney Ruth Singer

Attorney Singer holds a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Florida. She also holds a J.D. from Florida A&M University College of Law, where she graduated at the top of her class. Attorney Singer clerked for an administrative law judge in the Drug Enforcement Administration in Arlington, VA, and worked as an Assistant Public Defender in Orlando, FL, before entering private practice. She is also admitted to practice in Oklahoma.

Attorney Singer is a dedicated and knowledgeable criminal defense attorney, with experience representing clients at both the trial and appellate levels. She has experience defending criminal cases through pretrial discovery, motions to suppress and dismiss, and at trial. As a former public defender, Attorney Singer strongly believes that the state must be held to its very high burden of proof. Attorney Singer aims to provide compassionate, client-focused legal representation and high-quality counsel that is accessible, affordable, and practical when it matters most.

Learn more about how The Singer Firm can help protect your future and the life you have built by scheduling a free consultation now at 321-804-3266.