OLDEST PROFESSION REMAINS ILLEGAL

Posted on: July 15, 2015 by in Criminal Defense
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They say it’s the oldest profession, but after all these years, it remains an illegal profession. Prostitution and solicitation are misdemeanors under California Penal Code 647(b). A first-offense conviction on either charge is punishable by up to six months in jail and/or a fine of up to $1,000. However, these charges are sometimes difficult to prove, and a good criminal defense lawyer can offer real help to a defendant facing a prostitution or solicitation charge. If you are charged with either crime in Orange County, don’t plead guilty or try to act as your own lawyer. Instead, arrange at once to speak with an experienced Orange County criminal defense attorney.

If you’re charged with prostitution or solicitation, it doesn’t mean that you’ll be convicted. The state still must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. While no guarantees can ever be made about the outcome of any single criminal case, an experienced defense attorney can sometimes have prostitution or solicitation charges dismissed entirely. Innocent people are sometimes accused of prostitution because they’ve been “entrapped” by police officers or because some other misunderstanding has transpired. If you were arrested because you were simply misunderstood, if you were misidentified, or if the allegation against you was entirely fabricated, your attorney will make certain that your side of the story is explained and understood.

Prostitution and solicitation laws are enforced and prosecuted aggressively in southern California. Third parties who organize and/or profit from prostitution – “pimps” and “madams” – can also face criminal charges. These are not the most serious crimes in the world, but you do not want a conviction for prostitution or for solicitation on your criminal record. If you’re accused of prostitution or solicitation in Orange County, it’s essential for you to obtain legal help and contact an experienced Orange County criminal defense attorney as quickly as possible.

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