Prostitution

Like most states, Texas prohibits selling or buying sex.  It is also against the law to make money from the sale of sex.  These charges have the potential for serious punishment, particularly for repeat offenders, those who promote prostitution, and anytime a minor is involved.  In addition, if you are charged with an offense related to prostitution, the potential for embarrassment is incredibly high.  An experienced criminal defense attorney can handle your case in a manner that will minimize the impact of a prostitution charge on your personal and professional lives.

Types of Prostitution Charges

There are three main categories of charges for prostitution-related offenses in Texas:

  • Prostitution:  the actual act of exchanging sex for money or other goods.  People who are sex workers or escorts are charged with this crime.
  • Patronizing/Soliciting:  this is the charge for paying someone, or giving them something of value in exchange for sex.  This is the charge faced by anyone who seeks out prostitutes (commonly referred to as “johns”).  
  • Promoting Prostitution: this is when you make money from prostitution, and is often referred to as “pimping.”  A person can be charged with promoting prostitution if they knowingly own, invest in, or otherwise run a prostitution enterprise that uses two or more prostitutes.  The charge is enhanced if the person forced or compelled someone to work as a prostitute, or if you cause a child under the age of 18 be a prostitute.

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For both prostitution and patronizing, it is a crime to merely offer to buy or sell sex.  These charges are Class B misdemeanors for the first offense, Class A misdemeanors if it is a second or third offense, and a state jail felony if you have been convicted three or more times. Promoting prostitution is a Class A misdemeanor. Aggravated promotion is third degree felony.  Compelling prostitution is either a second degree felony (if the person is over 18) and a first degree felony (if the person is under 18).  

In addition, it is a separate, more serious crime to solicit a minor for sex.  If you offer to pay a person who is between 14 and 18 years of age, it is a third degree felony.  If the person is younger than 14, it is a second degree felony.

Prostitution Defense Attorney in Dallas, Texas

The Law Office of Chad West will handle your prostitution charge with the highest degree of sensitivity, confidentiality and professionalism. We assess the specific facts of your case, and explain your case, the law and your options to you.  Contact our office today to schedule a consultation to learn more about how we can help you if you have been charged with a prostitution-related offense in the Dallas area.