Fort Pierce prostitution sting nets six arrests
In a prostitution sting that arose out of complaints about women knocking on doors at area truck stops and motels, six women were arrested by the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies focused their efforts on a relatively small commercial area around the Florida Turnpike, Interstate 95 and motels near or along Okeechobee Road. Some of the women arrested had been prosecuted for prostitution charges in the past. They ranged in age from 19 to 47.
Other crimes go along with prostitution
A Sheriff’s Office spokesman related that some people might minimize the crime of prostitution because it’s ordinarily charged as a misdemeanor, but it can also be charged as a felony. He also advised that with the crime of prostitution, other crimes like drug possession, thefts and armed robbery come along with it. One of the arrestees told police that it was at least her seventh prostitution arrest.
Prostitution can be charged as a felony
Jonathan Jay Kirschner is a Fort Pierce criminal defense attorney, and he advises that there are many different ways by which a person might be charged with a prostitution-related offense. Punishment often turns on any prior convictions, but a first conviction can still net a 60 day jail sentence. A third or subsequent conviction can become a felony that’s punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine not to exceed $5,000.
Invoke your rights
Contact criminal defense attorney Jonathan Jay Kirschner right away after any criminal or prostitution-related arrest in Fort Pierce. He’s certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a certified criminal trial lawyer. For over 20 years now, he’s defended Floridians who have been accused of crimes. Don’t give up your rights after an arrest. Invoke them, and contact the Fort Pierce offices of criminal defense attorney Jonathan Jay Kirschner at 772-489-8501 right after any arrest.