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Texas laws surrounding the crime commonly known as prostitution is considered a Class B misdemeanor when it is your first charge. With Class B misdemeanors you can face up to 180 days in jail and a fine up to two thousand dollars. You can be charged with prostitution in many situations. Both the alleged buyer and seller can be charged with the crime. There are police agencies in Dallas, Plano, McKinney, Fort Worth, Arlington, Denton and many other cities throughout north Texas that conduct undercover prostitution stings. They will range from online ads which result to a direct text or chat conversation to more traditional sting operations that use officers on the streets purporting to be prostitutes.
It is extremely important that if you are charged with a prostitution crime that you exercise your right to remain silent. You may not know it but all of your actions in a sting operation have likely been secretly videotaped. It can be an extremely embarrassing process so most people feel that if they are polite, courteous and simply to admit to wrong doing then they can avoid being arrested. This is not the case. You will most likely be arrested no matter what you say or do. It does not help you to apologize. The best thing you can do is not say a word and let the process work itself out. You don’t argue your case with a police officer. You allow a lawyer to argue your case later in court. Arguing with the police will not work. Go through the steps that the police put you through and then contact a lawyer.
One of the most important things you should do is contact one of our criminal defense attorneys so that we can contact the court to let them know you have a lawyer and we can begin the process of filing a letter of representation with the court.