THE OLDEST (ILLEGAL) PROFESSION

Posted on: June 22, 2015 by in Criminal Defense
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California Penal Code 647(b)

Orange County criminal defense attorneyIt’s called the oldest profession, but in California, it’s a profession that’s against the law. Suspects arrested for prostitution – or for solicitation of a prostitute – are aggressively prosecuted in California. If you’re charged with prostitution or solicitation in southern California, you’re going to need legal help immediately. Contact an experienced Orange County criminal defense attorney at once to retain the high-quality defense representation you’ll need.

Prostitution is defined as engaging in a sexual act in exchange for money or for some other consideration (drugs, for example). In California, it’s against the law to engage in prostitution or to hire (“solicit”) or to attempt to hire someone to engage in prostitution. Any third party who arranges or profits from prostitution – a “madam” or a “pimp,” for example – may also face a solicitation charge.

Under California Penal Code 647(b), prostitution and solicitation are misdemeanors. If it’s a first offense and you are convicted, the crime is punishable by up to 6 months in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000. Innocent people are often accused of prostitution because they’ve been “entrapped” by police officers or some other misunderstanding has occurred. If you’re accused of prostitution or solicitation, the police still must adhere to legal investigation and arrest rules, and a prosecutor still must prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. It’s completely possible that you simply said something that was inappropriate, that you had no criminal intent, or that you were misinterpreted; it’s also possible that you’ve been misidentified or that you’ve been falsely accused.

A good criminal defense lawyer can help if you’re accused of prostitution or solicitation in Orange County or anywhere else in southern California. Exercise your right to remain silent. Don’t try to act as your own attorney. Instead, insist on your right to have a lawyer present during any questioning, and contact an experienced Orange County criminal defense attorney as quickly as possible.

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