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Hi, I am thinking of becoming an escort (who does prostitution)

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Hi,
I am thinking of becoming an escort (who does prostitution) in FL, not sure you can legally answer all of these questions.
1. How can I find out the laws and penalties for this crime?
2. During police stings..is it true if you ask them if they are police officer that they must answer truthfully.
3. How can I screen clients to find out if they are law enforcement?
4. If I accept "donations" for my services is this still legally prostitution in Fl.
5. If I am being paid for non-sexual, companionship escort services and I "happen" to sleep with them, is this still prostitution?

Alex Esquire :

Hello. My name isXXXXX am a Florida licensed attorney


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Hello and Welcome to JustAnswer.com. Thank you for being patient, as it appears we previously had technical difficulties.


 

Customer: Np
Alex Esquire :

Let me start by stating what you already know.


 

Alex Esquire :

Prostitution is a crime in the state of Florida.


 

Customer: yep
Alex Esquire :

The first conviction is a second degree misdemeanor


 

Alex Esquire :

The second one is a first degree misdemeanor


 

Alex Esquire :

The third conviction is a third degree felony.


 

Customer: ok I suppose I can look up the penalties somewhere
Alex Esquire :

Give me a second and I will type up the penalties


 

Customer: k
Alex Esquire :

Second Degree Misdemeanor

A second-degree misdemeanor is a crime punishable by no more than sixty days in jail, six months of probation, and a $500 fine.
First Degree Misdemeanor

A first-degree misdemeanor is a crime punishable by no more than one year in jail, one-year probation, and a $1,000 fine.


 

Alex Esquire :

Third Degree Felony

A third degree felony is punishable by up to five years in prison, five years probation, and a $5,000 fine.


 

Alex Esquire :

Also, a person who is convicted of a felony automatically losses many civil rights, such as right to own a firearm, to hold public office, etc...


 

Customer: Ok..so how do I avoid getting busted...other than not to do it?
Alex Esquire :

I cannot tell you how to avoid being caught for committing a crime


 

Alex Esquire :

Even your local lawyer would not be able to instruct or advise you on how to commit a crime.


 

Alex Esquire :

But, I can answer the questions that you had posted.


 

Customer: K....had to ask.....lol please do answer those questions
Customer: sry for putting you on the spot
Alex Esquire :

Ok, on to question number 2


 

Alex Esquire :

I am a former law enforcement officer and also an attorney with years of criminal law experience and I can tell you that a police officer does not have to reveal to anyone that he is a cop, especially in a sting.


 

Alex Esquire :

This is an urban myth.


 

Customer: lol good info to have
Alex Esquire :

However, if the police officer lies about it or doesn't admit that he is an officer, than it might be possible to assert a defense of police entrapment, but it is an uphill battle.


 

Alex Esquire :

On to number 3


 

Alex Esquire :

Are you online?


 

Customer: yes
Alex Esquire :

The simple answer is "there is no way to do it"


 

Alex Esquire :

Police and law enforcement agency has all types of tools to make sure that their sting operations go undetected


 

Alex Esquire :

4)


 

Alex Esquire :

Answer is Yes.


 

Customer: Ok
Alex Esquire :

Payments for sex that are masked or called as "donations" would not protect a person engaging in prostitution from being criminally charged.


 

Alex Esquire :

5)


 

Alex Esquire :

This would depend


 

Alex Esquire :

As long as you are still getting paid for your time / services when you engage in sex with a client, there is still a good chance of potentially being charged with a crime.


 

Customer: hmm do not want to seem dumb, but if I end the date then have sex ?
Customer: after being paid
Alex Esquire :

your question is not dumb.


 

Alex Esquire :

Unfortunately, that would not work, as it would be very clear that the sex is simply continuation of your services.


 

Customer: I see
Alex Esquire :

Now if you decide to meet with the same person on another date and do not charge that person for any services, that might be argued as simply dating or socializing...


 

Alex Esquire :

As long as a payment in lieu of such date is not pre-arranged or paid on a previous encounter


 

Customer: what if I dated the person prior, recieved no payment then escorted them and accepted payment
Alex Esquire :

Same situation.


 

Customer: onpayment on a different date
Alex Esquire :

It would still be viewed as prostitution


 

Customer: haha well maybe I should start a different business
Alex Esquire :

Unfortunately, millions of people worldwide have tried to "beat the system" as it related to prostitution...but there is no sure way for someone to avoid being caught, charged and convicted with the crime.


 

Customer: Well thanks for the answers.
Customer: can I ask for you again if I have more questions?
Customer: or do I just get anyone who happens to be available
Alex Esquire :

Yes. You can request my help by starting your question with "This question for Alex Esqure"


 

Customer: cool
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Customer: do have anything else to add that may be helpful?....and yes I will give pos feedback
Alex Esquire :

Well, keep in mind that also if there is some type of STD is transmitted by you to someone, that can also subject you to more serious charges.


 

Alex Esquire :

I am not implying that you have any STD, just some information that many people don't realize.


 

Customer: Thanks, XXXXX XXXXX the straightforwardness...good night
Alex Esquire :

There had been number of cases where HIV infected prostitutes were charged with attempted murder...


 

Customer: wow
Alex Esquire :

Good night and GOD bless you!


 

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