Solicitation for Prostitution
The Florida Legislature enacted laws intended to increase penalties on those who solicit prostitution, otherwise known as “Johns”. Solicitation to commit prostitution is the act of inducing, enticing, or procuring another person to commit prostitution. In other words, it is the law that criminalizes the purchase of sex from prostitutes.
A first offense for solicitation to commit prostitution is a first degree misdemeanor, which carries a sentence of up to 1 year in jail, 1 year on probation, and a $1,000 fine. A second offense for soliciting prostitution is a felony of the third degree, which is punishable by up to 5 years in prison, 5 years on probation, and a $5,000 fine. A third offense for soliciting a prostitute is a second degree felony punishable by a prison sentence of up to 15 years, a probation sentence of up to 15 years, and a $10,000 fine.
In addition to any other penalty, every conviction for solicitation to commit prostitution requires the judge to impose a mandatory 100 hours of community service and require the completion of an educational program about the negative effects of prostitution and human trafficking, such as a sexual violence prevention education program, at the expense of the convicted individual. The court must also impose a $5,000 civil penalty for anyone convicted of solicitation to commit prostitution.
If a vehicle is used in any way during the act of soliciting prostitution, the judge can also enter an order impounding the vehicle for up to 60 days.
If you or someone you know has been accused of solicitation for prostitution you need to retain experienced attorneys to defend you against the allegations. Our lawyers at Lindsey & Ferry, P.A., have experience defending against allegations of soliciting prostitution and stand ready to provide you with a vigorous defense.