Sex Crimes

Texas Prostitution Lawyer

Experienced & Passionate Criminal Defense

Individuals accused of any prostitution offense can find a strong support system and experienced representation at the Law Offices of Billy Skinner. With a mission to go above and beyond in helping our clients, we leave no stone unturned in understanding the situation that led you to these allegations and the facts involved. Analyzing both of these elements allows our firm to develop customized legal solutions that are designed with the specific intent to address your unique situation, needs, and goals.

According to the Texas Penal Code, prostitution charges may include:

  • Prostitution
  • Promotion of Prostitution
  • Aggravated Promotion of Prostitution
  • Compelling Prostitution

Accused individuals may also face heightened penalties for aggravating circumstances, including prior prostitution convictions, solicitation of minors, and others. Working with a defense lawyer who cares about your case and your future can ensure that you are fully aware of your rights and what you can expect.

Criminal Attorney Who Knows How Prosecutors Operate

Many of the prostitution cases filed in Houston are the result of undercover “sting” operations organized by local law enforcement agencies and specialized crime units. As a former prosecutor, our lead attorney is intimately familiar with the tactics used by undercover officers and prosecutors. This enables him to structure defense strategies around the government’s case and effectively fight your case. Whatever your personal situation may be and whatever your charges, you can find non-judgmental, experienced legal assistance.

Our lead attorney has represented clients from the three basic types of stings:

  • Strip Clubs
  • Massage Parlors
  • Internet Boards / Communities

Understanding How Backpage Stings Work

The Houston Police Department Vice Division conducts the bulk of raids in the Houston area; however, over the last year, joint task forces from the Harris County Sheriff’s Office and other Constable Precincts have joined forces to conduct raids related to Backpage or other sites that are well-known for prostitution ads.

These stings are done in primarily two different ways:

  1. The first “type” of sting involves law enforcement placing ads on a website to catch men. While most of these have some sort of flaw that someone with experience would catch, most of the people who get busted in this kind of sting are new to these kinds of sites. After a guy finds the ad, they will typically correspond via text or email with the undercover cop. In most cases, the cop will attempt to get an agreement for sexual services in written form prior to the individual actually showing up the hotel. That agreement is the key to the case. Cops will often use the “language of the industry” to get a client to agree to sex for money. Key pieces of evidence in stings like this are the ad itself, text messages, recorded phone calls, and emails.
  2. The second “type” of sting is when cops respond to females who place ads online. The process explains above is the same for this kind of sting, but in reverse. A male undercover cop will reach out to the woman, set up an appointment, and attempt to get some sort of agreement for sex for money. Key pieces of evidence are the same (the ad, text messages, recorded calls, recording of a wired cop, etc.).

With former experience as a prosecutor, our lead attorney is well-versed in how stings and raids of this nature go. We have worked with both women who are being accused of prostitution, as well as “Johns” who are facing allegations of solicitation. Regardless of your situation, you can trust in our firm’s dedication to fight for justice.

Law Offices of Billy Skinner: Committed to Our Clients

By focusing not only on how but why you are facing the Texas criminal justice system, our firm can provide you with an unrivaled level of personal support and assistance. We strongly encourage anyone facing prostitution charges in or around Houston to schedule a case evaluation to learn more about the ways in which he can help.

Trust your case to a firm committed to clients. Contact the Law Offices of Billy Skinner today.