Protecting Clients Against Prostitution Charges
The oldest profession in the world, prostitution, is illegal in Texas. In Houston, laws against prostitution have always been strictly enforced, but even more so since the offense has been linked to human trafficking and sex crimes involving children. If you or a loved one was arrested for prostitution, promotion of prostitution, or solicitation or prostitution, you could be facing an uphill battle in court. You’ll need experienced legal representation.
If you need help fighting allegations of the promotion, solicitation or activity of prostitution, I will provide you with numerous options to address the matter.
I am attorney Paul Morgan. I have extensive experience fighting the government’s allegations of sex-related crimes and will provide you with the information you’ll need to decide how to move forward with your case.
Prostitution Offenses And Texas Law
Prostitution and related offenses are defined in Chapter 43 of Title 9 of the Texas Penal Code.
In Texas, the crime doesn’t involve sexual contact but occurs with an agreement to purchase sex. More often than not, an undercover decoy will use deceptive police practices in an effort to obtain evidence on a suspect, which may demand some debate about entrapment. Other times, surveillance teams will conduct sting operations in high-risk areas to gather evidence against alleged prostitutes, johns and pimps. Such practices by the government often result in the arrest of innocent people.
For even a skilled defense attorney, crafting defenses around these types of cases can take an immense amount of time and effort. If you are in need of high-quality representation for any type of criminal case, call my office and schedule a meeting with me. I conduct initial case evaluations at no charge. I work for my clients. I fight for my clients. I’m Paul Morgan. Call my office at any time of the day or night at 713-364-0209.
Criminal Penalties For Prostitution
Prostitution: A first offense will be classified as a Class B Misdemeanor. The severity of the criminal classification applied to the offense escalates with each subsequent offense. Second offenses are Class A Misdemeanors, while habitual offenders can have their cases classified as a State Jail Felony, which could mean up to two years state jail.
Solicitation: Solicitation of prostitution carries the same penalty scale as prostitution but will be enhanced to a 2nd Degree Felony if the subject of the solicitation was a minor.
Promotion: The definition of promotion of prostitution occurs when someone other than the prostitute receives money from the proceeds of the offense. Persons arrested for promotion of prostitution the first time will be charged with a Class A Misdemeanor, but unlike prostitution cases, pimp cases escalate quickly. Any subsequent offense will be classified as a State Jail Felony.
If two or more prostitutes are involved in the enterprise, the offense will be enhanced to Aggravated Promotion of Prostitution, which is always a 3rd Degree Felony.
Special Note: Compelling or promoting prostitutes that are minors, will result in criminal cases being enhanced to the next level of severity leading to 2nd & 1st Degree Felony charges, which could result in “effective” life sentences.
Again, these types of cases can be easily beat or mitigated in most cases. Contact attorney Paul Morgan to schedule a sit-down, so he can review your case at no charge. The phone number is 713-364-0209.
Contact Attorney Paul Morgan Today For Strong Defense
There’s no such thing as a minor Houston sex crime charge in a state where your previous criminal history is used against you to justify enhancements to already dire cases. You should always put up a fight when accused of wrongdoing by the government.
The presumption of innocence is an important facet of our legal standard. I will ensure the court remembers this.
Call my law office at your earliest convenience to schedule a time where you can meet with me to determine the best way to move forward with your case. My office is located in the Galleria area at 5100 Westheimer Rd in Suite 223.