Prostitution Attorney in Austin, TX
Prostitution Charges in Texas
Prostitution is providing any form of sex or sexual favors for some form of payment. Payment may include money, shelter, or even drugs. Prostitution is often referred to as “the oldest profession” since it dates back to the earliest histories on record. Texas is a little unusual in that it you are charged with prostitution if you are trying to obtain sexual favors for some form of payment. In other words it is still prostitution if you are trying to buy or you are trying to sell any form of sex. In Texas. States, prostitution is illegal. If you have been charged with anything related to prostitution, I can help you with your case as an Austin criminal defense attorney.
There are a variety of ways in which prostitution may be exploited. Human trafficking, child prostitutes, child pornography, sexual slavery and drug dealing are just a few of the ways this industry is grossly exploited. Every state has their own laws regulating sexual exploitation, some being more severe than others. Penalties for sexual exploitation in the United States, however, especially in minors, are very severe on both federal and state levels. If charged, you can face life in prison with no opportunity for parole.
Solicitation for Prostitution
Solicitation for prostitution is simply agreeing on an act in exchange for money. In Texas this is charged as Prositution. You can be charged for solicitation even if the act didn’t actually occur. It is the agreement, not the act, which makes you liable. You may also be guilty if you furthered the exchange by taking the prostitute to a motel or if you withdrew money from an ATM. If found guilty, you could receive a misdemeanor, be charged a fine, or be sentenced to community service.
Pimping and Pandering
Pimping is defined as soliciting a prostitute. That can include finding them a customer or a “John”, collecting a fee from the customer and advertising a prostitute from a street corner, online, or in print. It is also considered pimping if you collect all of the prostitute’s money, even if you had nothing to do with finding a customer. The relationship with the prostitute doesn’t have to be volatile to be convicted; it can be amicable and friendly, but if you engage in finding them customers or are involved in any way, you are liable. In Texas Pimping is charged as Promotion of Prostitution or as Aggravated Promotion of Prostitution.
Pandering is similar to pimping and deals with the act of “procurement.” This is to “give, provide, or make available another person for the purpose of prostitution by intentionally encouraging an individual to become a prostitute.” Even if you are in no way involved in the actual exchange, you can be charged for pandering if you arrange for a prostitute to give services to a customer.As with pimping, pandering in Texas is charged as Promotion of Prostitution or as Aggravated Promotion of Prostitution.
If you are convicted of either pimping or pandering, penalties include up to ten years in state prison and up to $10,000 in fines. If you feel you have been wrongfully charged, I can help you build a case as your Texas criminal defense attorney.