Prostitution and Solicitation in California
San Diego County Sex Crime Attorney
If you have been accused of prostitution or the solicitation of prostitution
in California, you could be facing time in prison, substantial fines,
and a lasting mark on your criminal record. These crimes can require special
legal attention as physical sexual contact does not necessarily need to
occur in order for a defendant to be convicted. Protecting your future
from the potential repercussions of prostitution or solicitation begins
with a call to Bill Nimmo, Attorney at Law. Our San Diego prostitution
attorney can work relentlessly to uphold your reputation and greatly increase
the chances of a successful outcome in your case.
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Charges and Sentences for Prostitution
In California, individuals may be facing charges if they solicit, take
part in, or agree to engage in prostitution. However, intent alone may
not provide the legal foundation for a prostitution charge, other elements
must be present as well. To prosecute a defendant for agreeing to engage
in prostitution, an act demonstrating intent must be shown to have occurred.
For example, simply requesting a sexual act may not be enough to justify
an arrest. If the exchange of money occurs after a request has been made,
a person may be facing charges for prostitution.
In California, prostitution is generally charged as a misdemeanor, punishable
by up to six months in prison and fines of no more than $1,000. Punishments
can greatly increase depending on factors such as the age of the involved
parties, if violence occurred, and related past offenses. A conviction
for prostitution may also disqualify individuals from working in certain
jobs and complicate the obtainment of many professional licenses.
Defenses to Prostitution: Entrapment
Just as there are laws which govern civilian conduct, the police too must
follow specific protocols when making an arrest or conducting an investigation.
If law enforcement does not meet the legal requirements for an arrest,
the resulting charges may not hold up in court. Entrapment occurs when
law enforcement persuades or pressures an otherwise law-abiding citizen
to commit a crime. A common tactic by law enforcement is to set up “sting”
operations to catch potential crimes in the act. However, police are only
legally able to provide a person the opportunity to break the law. If
an officer persuades you to do something that you would not otherwise
do, entrapment may have occurred. We can review every aspect of your case
to determine your legal defenses.
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Law enforcement and prosecutors are notoriously strict when charging sex
crimes and without experienced legal representation, you could be facing
the full extent of punishments. The actions you take after an arrest can
greatly impact the outcome of your case and the sooner you contact Bill
Nimmo, Attorney at Law, the sooner we can help. Our San Diego solicitation
attorney can draw from his experience as former prosecutors to structure
your case and defend against the charges you face.
Contact our firm to today and speak to an attorney about your case.