Defending Against Solicitation Of Prostitution Cases In Texas

If someone is apprehended on a Fort Bend prostitution charge, it means that they allegedly committed an offense involving soliciting, offering, or agreeing to engage in sexual conduct for a fee.

Have You Been Charged?

Prostitution can be a felony punishable by up to 180 days to two years in a state jail and a fine of up to $10,000.

Caught In An Undercover Sting

If you were caught as part of an undercover sting operation that involved law enforcement posing as prostitutes or clients then your prostitution charges may be increased. Police departments typically coordinate such efforts with the District Attorney’s Office. Fort Bend Assistant District Attorney Joshua Phanco coordinates these sting operations under his supervision. If you are caught during one of these “sting” operations, you face felony penalties, which can include a fine of up to $10,000 and 2-10 years in prison.

Video Evidence

In cases where prosecutors do not have video evidence of the alleged prostitution offense, they can still prosecute you based on police officer testimony. Prosecutors may also introduce cell phone records, hotel, motel receipts, and/or online advertisements as evidence during your trial. If you were apprehended at a “truck stop” or any area where lots of commercial trucks are present, prosecutors can charge you with an additional count of “loitering for prostitution purposes” (a separate crime), which is punishable by up to 90 days in jail.

What are My Defense Options?

Your defense options depend on the circumstances surrounding your case. However, it’s important to be aware that prosecutors must prove every element of the criminal offense you are charged with beyond a reasonable doubt. One defense strategy is to attack police officer eyewitness credibility, which may help raise doubts about your guilt and potentially weaken the prosecutors’ case against you.

Contact David Kiatta for immediate assistance on your criminal charges.