Potential Defense to Prostitution Case / John Case
I’ve had many cases where individuals are approached by undercover officers posed at prostitutes. Unfortunately, many people panic and don’t know how to react. Rule 1 is just ignore and walk away. But if you happen to make a mistake, this is a defense that can potentially be very successful.
My name is Eric Benavides and I’m a Texas criminal defense lawyer.
I want to talk to you today about prostitution cases, specifically John cases and defenses that we typically have on these kind of cases. Now a lot of the times this case has happened what an undercover officer is posed as a prostitute on the street. A lot of the times, they’re very aggressive and go up to individuals who don’t know how to react.
If you make the mistake of just saying okay yes I agree to whatever you’re asking just to get them out of the way, guess what, that’s all being recorded and you’re gonna get arrested. So a lot of the times it depends on your actions afterwards. If you were in fact leaving the scene and you got pulled over, you have a very strong defense that you never had an intent.
But, it’s very case-by-case basis. That’s the most common scenario that we see with John cases when there are officers who post as prostitutes on the street.
Eric Benavides is a Houston Criminal Defense Attorney. He is a co-founder of Benavides & Serrano, PLLC. He is a graduate of the prestigious Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Trial College, and is a proven trial lawyer. He has been recognized as one of the best criminal lawyers in Houston by the Houstonia magazine, and has earned a perfect 10.0 rating on AVVO.