Skilled Help for California Prostitution Charges
Soliciting prostitution, agreeing to engage in prostitution, or engaging in prostitution are three separate California misdemeanor offenses under Penal Code 647(b). All persons involved in the transaction of prostitution can be charged, even if one of them did not intend to follow through. A charge or conviction of prostitution can seriously damage your reputation, job, and family.
I’m attorney Scott R. Cadzow, and I have 25 years of experience in successfully defending my clients from prostitution, solicitation, and other related charges in Orange County and the rest of Southern California. When you retain me to defend you, I’ll seek out all evidence and options to establish a strong defense for you. I’m experienced in negotiating sex crime plea bargains, and in defending sex crime cases at trial, and I will work to get you the best result possible given the facts of your situation.
Common Prostitution Charges in Orange County
To prove that you solicited prostitution, the prosecutor must have evidence that:
- You offered or agreed to give another person money, drugs, or something else of value to that person in return for “lewd conduct” (which can involve sex organs, or breasts or buttocks only),
- The other person received your offer or communication of the request, and
- You actually intended to engage in an act of prostitution with the other person
To prove that you agreed to engage in prostitution, the prosecutor must have evidence that:
- You intended and agreed to engage in an act of prostitution with someone else, and
- You did something to further the commission of an act of prostitution, such as providing compensation or removing an item of clothing.
Someone who responds to an advertisement or website offering escort services or massage services, and then at some point agrees on sexual or lewd conduct, is in the situation most likely to result in a charge of “agreeing to engage in prostitution.”
To prove that you engaged in prostitution, the prosecutor must have evidence that:
- You were involved in a sexual or “lewd” act, such as touching another person or being touched in the area of the genitals, breasts, or buttocks for arousal or gratification, and
- There was an exchange of compensation, such as money or drugs in return for the lewd act.
CA Sentences and Penalties for Prostitution
If you are convicted of a prostitution charge, your sentence for a first time offense can include a fine of up to $1,000, up to six months in jail, or both. A subsequent offense will result in an increased penalty. Also, if you used a vehicle for committing the act of prostitution within 1,000 feet of a residence, the court can suspend your driver’s license for up to 30 days, and put your license on restricted status for up to six months. Repeat offenses can be charged as felonies. Although it does not happen often, if you are convicted of prostitution or solicitation you may be required to register as a sex offender under Penal Code Section 290, which will make your address available online to the public with a notation that you are a registered sex offender.
Defense of Prostitution Charges
There are numerous valid defenses to prostitution charges. One defense is entrapment, meaning that law enforcement or someone working with them persuaded you to commit a criminal offense that you would have otherwise been unlikely to commit. Another defense is that you made a mistake or had no intent to actually engage in sexual or lewd contact, or that the prosecution’s evidence was not strong enough to prove all elements of the crime beyond a reasonable doubt. If you were intoxicated, you may have lacked the understanding of what was happening and therefore lacked any specific intent to engage in an act of prostitution. An experienced criminal defense attorney like Scott R. Cadzow will be able to determine all of the potential defenses that may apply to your case and raise them in the legally correct way.
Call Sex Crimes Lawyer Cadzow for Top Orange County Prostitution Defense
I’m attorney Scott R. Cadzow, and I have over 25 years experience defending clients on prostitution charges throughout Orange County and Southern California. I have personally defended many people accused of solicitation of prostitution, agreeing to prostitution, prostitution, and other related offenses, such as pandering and pimping.
If you or a family member are facing prostitution charges, please contact me, attorney Scott R. Cadzow. I offer reasonable fees and take credit cards, and will provide you with a knowledgeable, careful, and concerned defense. I can meet with you at my Newport Beach attorney office in Orange County or my office in Vista, whichever is closer to you.
Your case is important to me. I offer a free consultation and am available 24/7. I will respond quickly.
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