Prostitution

Undercover law enforcement agents and sting operations uncover prostitution operations in Texas every day. Officers may pose as either sex workers or patrons to try and induce a prostitution-related transaction. Police also may stalk a certain area to assess if any possible prostitution activity is occurring. No matter how the offense is found, prostitution is a very serious charge under Texas law. 

Prostitution charges may result in harsh penalties such as steep fines and possible incarceration. Repeat offenders may face even more enhanced penalties if convicted. It’s important that you have a plan for what’s next. If you or someone you know has been charged with a sex offense, it’s crucial that you contact an experienced criminal defense attorney. 

Attorney for Prostitution in Denton County, Texas

The penalties for a prostitution conviction can be harsh. You may be forced to pay large fines or even serve possible jail or prison time. When it comes to your future you can’t hesitate. Contact the experienced attorneys at Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy today.

Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy is a group of skilled attorneys who are passionate about criminal defense. We strive to do whatever is possible for your case. This means we will work tirelessly with our resources to create a strong defense for you. Don’t put your freedoms at risk. Call Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy now at 940-222-8004 to schedule a free consultation today.

Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy defends clients throughout the greater Denton County area and nearby communities including Highland, Flower Mound, Denton, and Westlake.

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Overview of Prostitution in Texas


Penalties for Prostitution Under Texas Law

Texas law states it’s illegal to accept a fee for sex work or pay a fee for a prostitute. Patronizing a prostitute or practicing prostitution is a class B misdemeanor, which is punishable by:

Up to 180 days in jail; and

  • A possible fine of up to $2,000.

Offenders with repeat prostitution-related offenses may face elevated penalties. Those who have been convicted of one or two prostitution offenses may face a class A misdemeanor, which is punishable by: 

  • Up to 12 months in jail; and
  • A possible fine of up to $4,000.

Three or more prostitution convictions is a state jail felony, which is punishable by:

  • Up to 24 months in state jail; and
  • A possible fine of up to $10,000.

People who solicit minors for prostitution may face enhanced penalties. A prostitution patron may face a second-degree felony if he or she: 

  • Agrees to engage in sexual conduct with a person younger than 18;
  • Represented to the offender that the prostitute is a minor; or
  • Believes the prostitute they paid for is younger than 18 years old. 

A second-degree felony is punishable by:

  • Up to 20 years in prison; and
  • A possible fine of up to $10,000.

Promotion of Prostitution

In Texas, it’s unlawful to promote, advertise or profit from prostitution services. Texas Penal Code § 43.03 states a person is committing a crime if he or she: 

  • Knowingly receives compensation or property from an agreement to participate in a prostitution operation; or
  • Solicits a patron to engage in sexual conduct with a sex worker. 

Promoting prostitution is a state jail felony, which is punishable by:

  • Up to 24 months in state jail; and
  • A possible fine of up to $10,000. 

The penalties for promoting prostitution may be enhanced due to the circumstances of the crime. Offenders with a previous prostitution-related conviction may face a third-degree felony. The penalties for a third-degree felony include:

  • Up to 10 years in prison; and
  • A possible fine of up to $10,000.

If the offender promotes prostitution-related activity involving a minor, he or she may face a second-degree felony. The penalties for a second-degree felony include:

  • Up to 20 years in prison; and
  • A possible fine of up to $10,000.

Aggravated Promotion of Prostitution

Texas has prostitution laws that address large “brothel houses” or sex work enterprises. If certain factors are present in an offense, a person may be charged with aggravated promotion of prostitution. Texas defines aggravated promotion of prostitution as any person who supervises, manages, or controls a prostitution enterprise that consists of two or more sex workers. 

Aggravated promotion of prostitution is a second-degree felony, which is punishable by:

  • Up to 20 years in prison; and
  • A possible fine of up to $10,000. 

Those who control a prostitution enterprise with minor sex workers may face a first-degree felony. The maximum penalty for a first-degree felony include:

  • Up to 99 years or life imprisonment; and
  • A possible fine of up to $10,000.

Compelling Prostitution

Compelling or inducing another person into prostitution is also a crime. A person is compelling prostitution if he or she knowingly:

  • Uses force, fraud, or threat to force a person into prostitution; or
  • Compels a minor into prostitution, regardless of whether the offender was aware of the child’s age at the time.

Compelling prostitution is a second-degree felony, which is punishable by:

  • Up to 20 years in prison; and
  • A possible fine of up to $10,000.

Prostitution Accomplice Immunity Terms

In some cases, you may be considered an accomplice to a prostitution offense. Texas Penal Code § 43.06 states you may be required to furnish evidence or testify in court. If you choose to testify or help law enforcement, you will not be prosecuted for any offense related to the crime.

It may be the best option for you to testify if you’re involved in a prostitution crime. However, unless law enforcement offers this deal you may be required to face statutory penalties. This is why it’s incredibly important that you gain legal representation. A skilled attorney can evaluate your case, gather evidence, file motions and anything else that might help you obtain the best possible results. 


Additional Resources 

Texas Prostitution Laws – Visit the official website for the Texas Penal Code, a collection of state laws that detail criminal offenses. Find more information about prostitution-related offenses, what obscenity and obscene material is, and other offenses labeled under public indecency.

CAP | Coalition Abolition Prostitution – Visit the official website for the non-profit organization CAP or Coalition Abolition Prostitution International. The mission of CAP is to advocate for reformative legislation directed to prostitution victims and survivors. Access the site to learn more about prostitution statistics, the CAP approach to stopping sexual exploitation and links to donate. 


Denton Lawyer for Prostitution in Texas

If you or someone you know has been charged with a prostitution-related offense, it’s crucial that you contact an experienced legal professional now. You could face fees and incarceration. If you’re a repeat offender your penalties may even be worse the second time around. Don’t hesitate and call the attorneys at Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy today for a strong defense. 

Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy has the resources, experience and drive necessary to attack your charges in court. Our attorneys have been practicing since 2002 and have years of knowledge under their belt. Additionally, we will never leave you on the backburner. No matter how urgent the issue is our attorneys want to help. Call 940-222-8004 now and schedule a free consultation today. 

Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy defend those accused of prostitution throughout the greater Denton County area and nearby cities including Highland Village, Flower Mound, Little Elm, and Denton.

Get in contact with us today at 940-222-8004, or simply submit an online contact form today.


This article was last updated on November 28, 2018.

 

 

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