What are the Penalties for Prostitution in Florida?
A first prostitution-related offense without aggravating factors can be
charged as a second-degree misdemeanor, which is punishable by a fine
of $500 and/or up to 60 days of incarceration. A second offense can be
charged as a first-degree misdemeanor, which is punishable by a $1,000
fine and/or up to one year of incarceration. However, if the prostitution
offense involves a minor, the charge increases to a second-degree felony
and the defendant may face up to a $10,000 fine and/or up to 15 years
Potential Defenses to Prostitution Charges
Just because you have been charged with a crime does not mean that you
are guilty. Depending on the circumstances of your case, one of the following
defenses may apply:
Sexual activity was not conducted for hire. If the prosecution cannot prove that the sex was conducted for compensation,
the defendant cannot be convicted of prostitution.
Insufficient evidence. Similarly, if the prosecution cannot present sufficient evidence to prove
that the defendant intended to engage in sex for hire or committed an
act of furtherance, there can be no conviction.
Entrapment by police. Many people accused of prostitution offenses are arrested during police
stings during which the defendants are lured and trapped.
Mistake. If the defendant specifically did not intend to engage in a sex act,
he or she may not be convicted of prostitution.
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