The Hernando County seat Brooksville, FL was the site for the Brooksville Police Department’s most recent undercover prostitution sting. This operation, according to Kyle Martin from the Hernando Today, took in 32 arrests this week.
Arrests for Prostitution, are often the target of Motions to Dismiss or Motions to Suppress Evidence due to the Entrapment issues that arise in these scenarios. Although Entrapment defenses arise in other cases–most notably drug crimes, sex crimes and theft cases–countless prostitution cases have also been dismissed where courts have found that a particular defendant was not predisposed to commit the crime, but for the persuading and manipulation of the undercover officer.
Like DUI, Prostitution has a tiered sentencing structure for multiple convictions. For the first violation, the State Attorney can charge a misdemeanor of the second degree. For the second violation, the State Attorney can charge a misdemeanor of the first degree, and for a third or subsequent violation, the State Attorney can charge a third degree felony.
If you or a loved one has been arrested for Prostitution or any crime, contact Brooksville, FL Criminal Defense Lawyer Whittel & Melton, LLC at 352-666-2121. Whittel & Melton, LLC, Esq. is experienced in all criminal matters, past President of the Hernando County Bar Association and co-host of ‘Law Talk’, a Brooksville, FL weekly call-in radio program. Call immediately for an appointment at the Law Offices of Whittel & Melton, LLC in Spring Hill, FL at 4121 Mariner Blvd.