Fort Worth Prostitution Attorney Tarrant County
Fort Worth Prostitution Attorney Jeff C. Kennedy has over 20 years experience in successfully defending Prostitution and sexual related charges. Prostitution can be an extremely embarrassing charge to have on your criminal history. If you have been arrested for Prostitution or Solicitation of Prostitution, contact Tarrant County Criminal Attorney Jeff C. Kennedy immediately at 817-605-1010 to begin preparing your defense
What is Prostitution or Solicitation of Prostitution in Texas?
Prostitution is often referred to as “the world’s oldest profession” but Prostitution is still illegal in Texas and is vigorously prosecuted in Tarrant County. Under Texas law, a person commits the offense of Prostitution if they knowingly:
- offer to engage, agree to engage or engage in sexual conduct in return for a fee, or
- solicits another in a public place to engage in sexual conduct for hire
Penalties for Prostitution or Solicitation of Prostitution in Texas
A conviction for the charge of engaging in Prostitution or Solicitation of Prostitution can result in serious penalties ranging from a Class B Misdemeanor for a first offense of soliciting or engaging all the way up to a Second Degree Felony if the offense involves a minor.
A first offense for soliciting or engaging in Prostitution is generally punished as a Class B Misdemeanor with up to 180 days in jail and a fine up to $2,000.
If a person has previously been convicted one or two times of Prostitution, the offense can be punishable as a Class A Misdemeanor with up to 1 year in jail and a fine up to $4,000.
If a person has previously been convicted three or more times of Prostitution, the offense can be punishable as a State Jail Felony with 180 days to 2 years in State Jail Prison and a fine up to $10,000.
Prostitution can be punished as a Second Degree Felony with 2-20 years in Prison and a fine up to $10,000 if:
- The person solicited is younger than 18 years of age, regardless of whether or not you knew their age;
- The person solicited either told you or represented to you that they were younger than 18 years of age; or
- You believed the person solicited was younger than 18 years of age.
Promotion of Prostitution
Promotion of Prostitution is often referred to as “pimping” or “pandering”
In Texas, a person commits the offense of Promotion of Prostitution if, acting other than as a prostitute receiving compensation for personally rendered prostitution services, he or she knowingly:
- receives money or other property pursuant to an agreement to participate in the proceeds of prostitution; or
- solicits another to engage in sexual conduct with another person for compensation.
However, the offense can be charged as a State Jail Felony if the defendant has been previously convicted of a Prostitution related offense punishable by 180 days to 2 years in State Jail Prison and a fine up to $10,000. If the conduct involved a person younger than 18 years of age engaging in prostitution the offense can be charged as a Second Degree Felony punishable by 2-20 years in Prison and a fine up to $10,000.
A person commits the offense of Compelling Prostitution if a person knowingly causes another by force, threat, or fraud to commit Prostitution. Compelling Prostitution is a Second Degree Felony punishable by 2-20 years in Prison and a fine up to $10,000. If a person causes a child younger than 18 years to commit prostitution, the offense is a First Degree Felony punishable by 5-99 years in Prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
Aggravated Promotion of Prostitution
A person commits an offense if he or she knowingly owns, invests in, finances, controls, supervises, or manages a prostitution enterprise that uses two or more prostitutes. Compelling Prostitution is punishable as a Third Degree Felony with 2-10 years in Prison and a fine up to $10,000. However, the offense can be charged as a First Degree Felony if the prostitution enterprise uses one or more persons younger than 18 years of age as a prostitute, regardless of whether the actor knows the age of the person at the time the actor commits the offense.
Tarrant County Prostitution Diversion Program (RISE)
Reaching Independence through Self-Empowerment. The Honorable Judge Brent Carr presides over a unique program designed for women charged with Prostitution that have had a history with drug addiction, mental illness or a lengthy history of Prostitution related offenses. The RISE Program is an alternative to incarceration and each participant is evaluated, assigned a case manager and prescribed an individual treatment program tailored to specific needs. The vision and ultimate goal of the RISE program is that every woman who participates reaches her full potential and lives a healthy, productive, drug free and non-criminal lifestyle.
If you or someone you know has a Prostitution charge in Tarrant County and could benefit from the RISE Program, please contact Fort Worth Prostitution Attorney Jeff C. Kennedy for more information on this unique program.
Defenses to Prostitution Charges in Tarrant County
If you have been arrested and charged with Prostitution or Solicitation of Prostitution, there are several defenses that may be available to fight and defend against these charges, such as:
- Entrapment by the Police
- Insufficient Evidence
- Under duress or you were forced to commit the act
Contact the Law Offices of Jeff C. Kennedy today at 817-605-1010 for a free consultation to learn how an experienced Fort Worth Prostitution Attorney can help defend you.