The crime of prostitution is a serious and very embarrassing criminal charge to be faced with. In Florida, prostitution is defined as “the giving or receiving of the body for sexual activity for hire.” However, the crime of prostitution is not limited the simple hiring of prostitutes by so-called johns. To the contrary, the term prostitution includes a wide variety of offenses such as… 
  • procuring persons under the age of 18 for prostitution;
  • forcing, compelling, or coercing another to become a prostitute
  • sex trafficking;
  • the selling or buying of minors into sex trafficking;
  • deriving support from the proceeds of prostitution; or
  • renting space to be used for lewdness, assignation, or prostitution.
In Florida, you can be arrested, charged, and convicted of a prostitution crime whether you are accused of being a prostitute, pimp, or john. The punishments for prostitution crimes become increasingly severe for repeat offenses.
  • 1st Offense: The charge of 1st offense prostitution is a 2nd degree misdemeanor punishable by up to 60 days in the county jail, up to one year of reporting probation, and/or up to $500 in fines.
  • 2nd Offense: The charge of 2nd offense prostitution is a 1st degree misdemeanor punishable by up to 1 year in the county jail, up to 1 year of reporting probation, and/or up to $1,000 in fines.
  • 3rd or Subsequent Offense: The charge of a 3rd or subsequent offense of prostitution is a 3rd degree felony offense. It is punishable by up to 5 years in Florida state prison, up to 5 years of reporting probation, and/or up to $5,000 in fines.
  • Other Offenses: Some other prostitution-related offenses are charged as extremely serious felony offenses. Sex trafficking, for example, can be charged either as a 2nd degree felony (punishable by up to 15 years in state prison) or as a 1st degree felony (punishable by up to 30 years in prison).
We Can Help
If you are facing a Florida prostitution charge, it is important to consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Here at Pensky & Kim, our skilled Miami criminal lawyers may be able to help you avoid jail time, probation, fines, and the lifelong stigma of a prostitution conviction on your record that can negatively affect your future ability to gain employment, have a relationship, obtain credit, or even rent an apartment.
Pensky & Kim are Miami prostitution attorneys serving clients in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, and throughout the rest of Florida. Contact us at 305-571-9800 or toll free at 888-533-5171 for a FREE consultation and to learn more about how our Miami prostitution lawyers can help you. We are available 24/7.