Efforts to curb prostitution across Florida have been widespread and aggressive. Despite the fact that prostitution is an active industry all across the globe, it is still illegal here and the penalties for a violation can be much more severe than you might expect.
For instance, did you know that you could wind up having to register as a sex offender in Florida if you solicit an underage prostitute? You could also have to register if you play any role in getting a minor involved in prostitution.
The requirement to become a registered sex offender is just one penalty that can come with a solicitation conviction. You could also wind up being required to:
- Perform community service
- Attend educational programs as your own expense
- Spend time in jail
- Comply with orders to have their vehicle impounded
- Pay a fine
Some of these penalties may not seem that troubling on their own. However, imagine losing your car, spending a few days in jail and then having to attend educational classes. These obligations could cause you to miss work, which could make it very difficult to pay the necessary fines and legal expenses. And any free time you have could be taken up by your community service obligations.
Add to all this the requirement to register as a sex offender and it can be nearly impossible to get your life back on track.
In many cases, these penalties can be mitigated with legal representation. Whether this involves a plea deal or the development of a strong defense strategy will depend on the details of a specific situation. That being said, it will be crucial to discuss your legal options with your attorney sooner, rather than later, if you are facing charges stemming from solicitation or prostitution.