The criminal offenses of prostitution and solicitation are categorized as California misdemeanor sex crimes. Under California Penal Code 647(b), it is a misdemeanor offense to exchange money for sexual favors or solicit such an arrangement. Law enforcement agencies throughout Los Angeles County pursue prostitution and solicitation crimes aggressively through sting operations using undercover officers posing as prostitutes or responding to online ads posing as “Johns.” If you have been arrested for a prostitution-related sex offense in Los Angeles, a skilled and experienced criminal defense lawyer will be essential to the successful resolution of your case. Being arrested for a prostitution-related offense can be both stressful and embarrassing as the arrest and potential conviction could negatively impact your career and home life. Therefore, you should immediately contact our criminal defense firm to for a free consultation. Our extensive experience and expertise in the area of prostitution and solicitation defense in Los Angeles assures you of a top notch legal defense and the best opportunity to avoid a conviction on your record.
Los Angeles Prostitution & Solicitation Penalties
A misdemeanor PC 647(b) conviction carries a maximum punishment of six months in county jail and a fine of $1000. In addition, a prostitution or solicitation conviction can also include a potential suspension of driver’s license, community service/labor, summary probation, HIV testing, and HIV awareness classes. Fortunately, a skilled prostitution defense lawyer may be able to negotiate a reduction of charges to a lesser offense or a complete dismissal of the charge through a diversionary sentence.
Three Decades Of Prostitution & Solicitation Defense In LA County
If you have been arrested for a prostitution-related offense, do not delay and contact us today at (866) 430-8383 for a free consultation by phone or in-person at our Los Angeles office. Additional meeting locations are available in Torrance, Long Beach, Pasadena, Encino, Burbank, and West Covina for our clients’ convenience.