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In the state of Florida, prostitution means the giving or receiving of
the body for sexual activity for hire—excluding sexual activity
between spouses. Prostitution is one of the few crimes that may be charged
without the actual criminal act being performed; in this case, the actual
sexual activity. When accused, arrested, or charged with prostitution,
it is extremely important to know your rights, options, and what the most
effective defense strategy may be relating to your specific circumstances.
Law enforcement use various methods to arrest individuals for prostitution,
Prostitution Sting Operation: Police officers use this roadside method by wearing provocative clothes
and posing as prostitutes to lure would-be customers and then arrest them.
Prostitution Ring Breakup: This tactic is the reverse of the sting operation where police officer
pose as customers who are looking to hire a prostitute. Once inside, they
will make arrests.
Sex Online: All throughout the Internet, there are websites that advertise “companionship”
as a cover-up for prostitution. Police officers will act as potential
customers to investigate into these.
In prostitution cases, it is important to ensure police acted within the
lawful standard of conduct and investigation methods. The actions of law
enforcement must be put under a microscope to determine if there was misconduct,
a lack of probable cause, if your civil rights were violated, or if the
actions of law enforcement overstepped the allowable standard and crossed
over into unlawful entrapment.
Defense Against Accusations of Prostitution in Polk County
In order to achieve a conviction for prostitution, the prosecution must
prove there was a definitive agreement to engage in an act of prostitution.
This is usually achieved by means of a recording device during conversations
between an undercover cop and the accused, established by the text messages
and / or emails sent back and forth. However, if the accused has no money
on their person, the prosecution may have a difficult time proving the
specific intent to engage in an act of prostitution.
Do not hesitate to
contact Advocate Law Firm, P.A. today to schedule your
initial case evaluation.