Prostitution is the sale of sexual services in exchange for something of value. The payment for sexual services may range from money to goods and services. In Texas, the prostitution is a Class B misdemeanor. A person convicted of prostitution may be sentenced to 180 days in county jail and/or a $2,000 fine.
What Is Promotion of Prostitution in Texas?
Promotion of prostitution is a crime in Texas. This crime occurs when a person, other than a prostitute, receives compensation for the prostitution services provided by the prostitute. For example, a person receives a portion of the money a client pays to the prostitute in exchange for setting up the prostitution arrangement.
What Must Be Proven to Convict Me of Promotion of Prostitution in Texas?
To convict a person of promotion of prostitution, the state must show the person knowingly:
- Solicits an individual to engage in sexual activity or sexual conduct with another individual in exchange for a fee, or otherwise engage in an act of prostitution
- Receives something of value according to an agreement to have the individual participate in prostitution, which may include money, property, goods, or services
What Is the Punishment for Promotion of Prostitution for a First Offense?
In Texas, a promotion of prostitution conviction for the first time is a Class A misdemeanor. For a Class A misdemeanor conviction, a person faces:
- Approximately one year in a county jail
- $4,000 fine
- Fine and county jail time
What Is the Criminal Sentence for a Second Promoting Prostitution Conviction in Texas?
A second conviction is a state jail felony punishable by:
- 180 days to two years in state jail
- $10,000 fine
- Fine and state jail time
Will I Get More Time behind Bars If the Prostitute I Promote Is a Minor?
Yes. Promotion of prostitution is a second degree felony when the prostitute is younger than 18 years old. A second degree felony is punishable by two to 20 years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.
Do I Need a Lawyer?
An accusation of promoting prostitution is serious and difficult to overcome. If you are facing a promotion of prostitution charge, contact a Texas criminal lawyer immediately.