A few weeks ago a Fort Worth couple were arrested following a Prostitution Sting conducted by the local Florida Police. During the investigation it was discovered that the couple were running a Prostitution scheme from their apartment. According to reports, Miguel Miranda, 51, and Sandra Peralta, 35, was running a one pimp, one prostitution ring. The investigation ended when an undercover officer approached the man at his apartment and was offered “sex for $25.” The woman was subsequently charged with prostitution, a violation of F.S. § 796.07, and the man is charged with living off the earnings of a prostitute.
In Florida the first time being convicted of prostitution will be a second-degree misdemeanor. A second-degree misdemeanor can carry a penalty of up to 60 days in jail and/or a fine not exceeding $500. Furthermore, a subsequent conviction is a first-degree misdemeanor which holds a fine not exceeding $1000 and up to 1 year in jail. These are severe penalties for what some may call a “victimless” crime. Also, the one who purchases the services of a prostitute are subject to the same charges and penalties.
Police reports are not always completely accurate and/or they might misconstrue a situation. That is why the advice and counsel of a Jacksonville Criminal Defense Lawyer could prove to be invaluable. They will be able to evaluate your case and make a proper determination as to the best procedure in moving forward. Therefore, if you or a loved one are facing a Jacksonville Criminal charge, contact a Jacksonville Criminal Defense Lawyer to discuss your case and to make sure you and your rights are being protected.