Texas state lawmakers have passed statutes to punish the act of solicitation: the act of seeking or providing sexual activities for a fee. Called “soliciting prostitution,” the punishments imposed can be harsh, based upon the criminal record of the accused, along with the facts in the case.
Houston Sting Operations
Houston police are focused on clearing the streets of sex workers. They plan and execute stings operations on a large scale, after which they publish photos of “Johns” online to shame people and as a deterrent. If you have been caught in a sting operation in Houston, you need a lawyer immediately.
Did the police perform illegal acts? Were your rights violated, and the charges should be dropped? A full investigation into the facts, performed by criminal defense lawyer James Alston, will reveal the facts.
Defending Charges of Solicitation
If you are facing charges of solicitation, your case may have weaknesses that can be exploited by a seasoned, qualified criminal attorney. The factors that must be evaluated in planning a defense include:
- Did the police violate your rights in any aspect of the case?
- Were you a victim of entrapment, and would not have agreed to the act had you not been coerced by law enforcement?
- Were you falsely accused, and did not make offer or agree to receive money for a sex act?
Why Choose the Law Office of James Alston?
The quality, experience, and trial skills of your attorney will in large part, determine the outcome of your case. Attorney James Alston is among the finest criminal defense lawyers in the Houston area, and offers his clients some unique qualifications, including:
- Eight years of service as a prosecutor in the Harris County DA’s Office.
- Former federal prosecutor.
- Has achieved board-certification in the specialty of criminal law.
- Never pushes his clients off on an associate or assistant but works directly with each person.
- Investigates the facts in each case thoroughly to identify the weak points in the prosecutor’s case against.
Penalties for Solicitation in Texas
The penalties imposed upon a convicted person can be extensive, based upon the facts in the case. Beyond jail or prison time and fines, the police work hard to humiliate those who have solicited prostitution, destroying reputations. Once convicted, your criminal record will be visible to any potential employer performing a background check, damaging your ability to find quality work. The actual legal penalties imposed are based upon the level of the charge:
- First time conviction: Up to 180 days in jail, and up to $2,000 in fines.
- Second conviction: Up to 12 months in jail, and up to $4,000 in fines.
- Third or more convictions: Minimum six months in jail up to two years and fines up to $10,000.
Contact Us Today.
Contact the Law Office of James Alston today if you are facing charges of solicitation. The damage to your reputation, standing in the community, along with your freedom, are all at risk. Call today to get help from an attorney with experience and insight into the justice system, and how to navigate within the system and get results. Call today.