Prostitution & Sex Crime Lawyer in Denton
Conviction for prostitution, solicitation, or another sex crime can ruin your life. You will have to pay a substantial monetary fine and potential jail time. Even worse, you will have a permanent criminal record and have to register as a sex offender in most cases.
Although you may feel shame and embarrassment, pleading guilty to these charges will not make the problem go away. You need to understand your options and how each will potentially affect your life. A prostitution and sex crime lawyer in Denton can help.
The Law Offices of Randall B Isenberg offers a no-cost, no-obligation consultation to help you get the answers you need. Call us today at 214-696-9253 to learn more.
What Constitutes Prostitution in Texas?
The Texas Penal Code establishes definitions and penalties for prostitution and sex crimes in Denton.
You will face prostitution or solicitation charges if you engage in or agree to engage in sexual conduct for a fee. This fee can be anything of value. You do not have to exchange money or engage in any physical contact. Just agreeing to do so is enough for the police to arrest you and the state to pursue criminal charges.
You can also face sex crimes charges for promoting prostitution or sharing in the profits of prostitution. Other types of sex crimes include:
- Indecent exposure
- Public lewdness
- Sexual assault
- Online solicitation of a minor
- Possession of child pornography
Will I Go to Jail for a Prostitution or Sex Crime Conviction?
Jail time is very likely for a sex crime conviction. If the police arrest you for prostitution or solicitation, the prosecutor will likely pursue a Class B misdemeanor charge. Conviction on this charge carries up to six months in jail and a $2,000 fine.
If you have previous convictions, you will face Class A misdemeanor charges. A conviction on a Class A misdemeanor means up to one year in jail and a $4,000 fine.
Soliciting a minor (under age 18) or promoting a prostitution enterprise will lead to more serious felony charges.
For a state jail felony, you face six months to two years in state jail and a $10,000 fine.
A third-degree felony conviction will earn you two to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
You face two to 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine for a second-degree felony.
If anyone under age 18 is involved in a prostitution enterprise you allegedly run, you could face a first-degree felony. That charge carries five to 99 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
You will also have to pay court costs and fees and face the possibility of probation, community service, and mandatory education courses. Conviction will also earn you a permanent criminal record.
Does a Sex Crime Conviction Mean I Have to Register as a Sex Offender?
The Texas Code of Criminal Procedure (TCCP) establishes the requirements for registering as a sex offender in Denton. Upon conviction for a reportable offense, you must submit your personal information to the Texas Department of Public Safety (TxDPS) online sex offender database.
The TCCP requires a threat evaluation for convicted sex offenders to determine how much of a danger they pose to the community. If you pose a sufficient threat to require registry, the minimum time period for registry is ten years. However, many convicted sex offenders in Denton must register for life.
TxDPS will evaluate the risk you pose to the community and rank you based on levels.
- A Level One sex offender poses minimal risk to the community.
- A Level Two offender poses a moderate risk.
- A Level Three sex offender poses a high risk.
Registered sex offenders face countless challenges in their daily lives. Potential employers can legally discriminate against you for a prostitution or sex crime conviction, as can potential landlords.
Will a Prostitution & Sex Crime Lawyer in Denton Be Able to Help Me?
Sometimes good people become caught up in unfortunate circumstances. Our team understands your situation and your embarrassment and shame.
Unfortunately, the police and prosecutors may attempt to prey on your embarrassment, using it as a tactic to obtain a confession and guilty plea. They may attempt to question you or induce you to make a statement that incriminates you.
Before you answer any questions, make any statements, or enter a guilty plea, talk to a prostitution and sex crimes lawyer. A criminal defense lawyer understands how the legal system works and how the prosecutor will build a case against you.
Our team will protect your rights and represent you throughout the criminal process. We will also evaluate the evidence against you in search of any legal rights violations or errors made by the police.
We can use any potential problems in your case to negotiate with the prosecutor to have your charges reduced or dismissed. If your case must go to court, we can use one of a variety of legal strategies for your defense.
Speak to a Prostitution and Sex Crimes Lawyer for Free Today
Even if you did nothing wrong, you could end up in jail for a prostitution or sex crime conviction. Get a prostitution and sex crimes lawyer on your side.
Attorney Randall Isenberg, of the Law Firm of Randall B. Isenberg, has spent three decades working in the criminal justice system. He has worked as a felony prosecutor and state district court judge, in addition to defending clients and helping them navigate the system. Consequently, he understands how the legal system works, how the prosecution will pursue a guilty verdict in your case, and how to defend you.
Schedule a free consultation today to discuss your case with an attorney at the Law Offices of Randall B. Isenberg: 214-696-9253. You can get answers to all your questions, allowing you to make an informed decision about your future.