Solicitation and Prostitution Attorney in Dallas

Solicitation and Prostitution Attorney in Dallas

Prostitution is among the few crimes where there may be two defendants on both sides of a transaction: the person providing the sexual services and the person paying for those services. The act of exchanging sex for money is illegal in Texas. The crime is known as “solicitation of prostitution.”

If you are convicted of solicitation or prostitution, you can face significant fines and may even spend time behind bars. A conviction can negatively affect you for the rest of your life. Repeat offenders may even be required to register as sex offenders in the Texas sex offender registry.

Prostitution, solicitation of prostitution, compelling prostitution, promotion of prostitution, and aggravated prostitution are all sex crimes that will be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the circumstances of the alleged incident. If you are convicted of any of these prostitution-related charges in Texas, it can lead to you having a criminal record, making it difficult to get a job. Employers have a right to run a background check on you, and if it shows criminal activity – even one charge for solicitation – you may not get a job offer. Sex charges such as prostitution and solicitation can also damage your reputation and public image in the community.

In addition to the embarrassment and shame caused by being arrested for a sex crime, if you are convicted of prostitution or solicitation, you face:

  • A sentence that could include up to two (2) years of jail time
  • Heavy fines
  • A combination of incarceration and fines

If you have been charged with solicitation or prostitution in Dallas, it is crucial to consult an experienced criminal defense attorney. The defense lawyers at Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter represent clients accused of prostitution, solicitation, and other types of sex crimes in the greater Dallas area. We can fight to get your charges reduced or dismissed. Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter will handle your prostitution charge with the highest level of professionalism and confidentiality. We will thoroughly assess the unique facts of your case and explain your case and your legal options. Call (214) 845-7007 today to schedule a confidential consultation so you learn more about how we can help you.

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    Do I Need a Solicitation and Prostitution Lawyer?

    It’s important to remember that charges alone do not equal a conviction. In Texas and throughout the United States, a defendant is deemed innocent until proven guilty. You are entitled to dispute all the accusations made against you. When facing solicitation or prostitution charges in Dallas, the best thing you can do is hire an experienced criminal defense lawyer.

    With prostitution cases, an attorney can use a wide range of defenses on your behalf. These defenses offer a solid chance of reducing or dismissing the charge entirely. Because a significant number of arrests for soliciting a prostitute stem from sting operations, many defenses, besides mistaken identity, involve demonstrating that the police officer in the sting operation lied. Another defense is that you were mistaken about the discussion that allegedly involved an exchange of money for sex. It’s not uncommon for police in “vice” units that investigate prostitution to be overzealous about arresting people for prostitution. Police have been known to do so even when the evidence weakens.

    The defense of entrapment is sometimes used to defend prostitution cases. Entrapment occurs when the police persuade a person – who was not otherwise going to commit the crime – to engage in prostitution or solicitation. Another common defense involves failing to protect your rights, which can include failing to inform you of your right to a criminal defense lawyer or providing a lawyer upon request.

    Prostitution and solicitation cases often have some audio or video recording. Your lawyer can obtain this evidence and challenge it. A lawyer can also investigate an officer’s background to see if they have been accused of improper behavior or reprimanded over their unethical investigation of prostitution cases.

    Why Choose Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter to Handle My Case?

    Solicitation and Prostitution Attorney in DallasAttorney Mark T. Lassiter, the founder of Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter, has decades of experience helping people of Dallas defend themselves against solicitation, prostitution, and other sex crime charges, and he is prepared to fight for you. Having been a prosecutor for the Dallas County District Attorney’s office, Mr. Lassister knows the ins and outs of the criminal justice system. He can draw on his extensive experience in building the best possible defense for you.

    Mr. Lassiter has plenty of qualifications and experience that he can bring to your prostitution case, including but not limited to:

    • Former Dallas County Prosecutor
    • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
    • American Association for Justice
    • Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
    • Dallas Association for Young Lawyers – Criminal Law Committee
    • Board Member under Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
    • Elected as a Texas SuperLawyer
    • Listed in the Who’s Who of America
    • Named one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers

    At Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter, our Dallas prostitution and solicitation lawyers understand the implications of what you are facing with your criminal charge, and we will fight tirelessly to protect your rights and see that you are acquitted of all charges. If you have been accused of solicitation, prostitution, or a related sex crime in Dallas, contact Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter as soon as possible. The sooner we can get started on your case, the better your chances of a favorable resolution.

    Types of Solicitation and Prostitution Cases We Handle

    At Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter, we handle cases involving all types of sex crimes related to prostitution, including:

    • Prostitution: Knowingly engaging in the sale of sex or the solicitation of sex for money.
    • Solicitation of Prostitution: Attempting to purchase sex in a public place. This is a Class B Misdemeanor. Repeat offenders face a potential of enhancement to Class A Misdemeanor or State Jail Felony status.
    • Compelling Prostitution: The charge applied to people who force others to work as prostitutes or can be applied to a person who forces a minor to be a prostitute. First Degree Felony charges will apply to individuals who compel a child into prostitution, which could result in a prison sentence of up to 99 years. Second-degree felony charges will apply, which could mean a prison sentence of 2 to 20 years if convicted.
    • Promotion of Prostitution: Knowingly receiving money as per the terms of an agreement involving prostitution or soliciting a person for sex with another person. Informally referred to as pimping, promotion of prostitution is a serious offense in Texas, and it can carry third-degree felony ramifications of two to ten years of prison time. Offenders convicted of compelling the act of prostitution may face even more substantial punishments, including incarceration lasting up to 20 years.
    • Aggravated Promotion of Prostitution: An offense typically charged to individuals who operate a criminal enterprise that involves prostitution. If someone is involved in the ownership, management, investment, or control of any organization that involves more than one prostitute, they can be charged with this crime. The operation of an escort service, brothel, massage parlor, after-hours spa, or another business where sex is sold can result in the operator being charged with aggravated promotion of prostitution.

    Under Texas law, an individual commits the offense of prostitution if they knowingly offer to engage, agree to engage, or engage in sexual conduct for a fee or if they solicit another in a public place to engage with the person in sexual conduct for hire. The classification of this offense is as follows:

    • Class B Misdemeanor: First offense; may receive jail term up to 180 days. May have to pay fines of up to $2,000.
    • Class A Misdemeanor: Second or third offense.
    • State Jail Felony: Fourth or subsequent offense; those convicted of this sort of crime can receive state jail felon status, face jail terms that last two years, and fines approaching $10,000.
    • Second-Degree Felony: If the individual solicited is younger than 18, regardless of whether the alleged offender knew their age when they committed the offense.

    Contact a Dallas Prostitution and Solicitation Lawyer

    Suppose you have been charged with prostitution, solicitation, or another sex crime. In that case, you must contact a skilled criminal defense attorney today to ensure they are protected throughout the process. The experienced Dallas solicitation and prostitution lawyers at Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter will aggressively protect your future by helping you fight the allegations against you.

    If you need the assistance of the skilled and compassionate sex crimes defense attorney in Dallas, contact Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter today at (214) 845-7007 to schedule a  confidential consultation. We’ll get started on your prostitution case immediately.

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