Prostitution is a known sex crime that is running rapid in the area of San Diego. Millions of tax dollars go into fighting and diminishing the prostitution problem in this area. Although prostitution is only charged as a misdemeanor offense, it can bring lasting consequences and can negatively affect your future for years to come. It could lead to incarceration, establish a criminal record, tarnish your reputation, and make for embarrassing situations with possible employers. You want to call an experienced and proven Attorney who can obtain the best possible outcome at 858-429-9982. We have an approach forged by experience that leads most cases to dismissals or reductions.
Award-Winning Attorney Mark Deniz has handled matters like these for almost 20 years. He spent almost ten years as a prosecutor, handling matters like these. Have a former prosecutor on your side to expose the weakness of the government’s case.
How does Prostitution law work in San Diego?
Many people say that prostitution is known to be the “oldest profession in the world.” It has been around through the generations, yet it is still harshly prosecuted as a criminal act. California Penal Code § 647(b) talks about the illegal act of engaging, offering, or agreeing to engage in a sexual act. This is otherwise known as the solicitation of prostitution, which is also a crime.
There is always a form of money or payment involved in return for a sexual favor. In fact, § 647(b) clearly explains that when you establish an agreement to perform a sexual act for money, then you have already violated the law. On the other hand, the agreement does not have to be verbal. If a man pull-ups and signals for a lady on the street to come over and then drives to a hotel, put money on the nightstand, and does not say two words, they are still committing a crime.
What are the penalties for Prostitution in California?
If you are found to be guilty of the act of prostitution, you may face:
- Up To A Minimum Of 5-15 Days Or A Maximum Of 6 Months In Jail
- Pay A Fine Of Up To $1,000
- Participate In Mandatory Counseling Or Community Service
- Even Probation Of Up To 3 Years.
How can they prove I’m guilty of Prostitution?
When it comes to proving guilt and collecting evidence it can get tricky. When there is no recorded evidence of the crime of video or audio of the sexual act available, police officials will investigate further to see if:
- You’re In Possession Of Condoms
- You Possess Large Amounts Of Money
- You Possess A Client Scheduling Book
- Your Attire Or Dress Matches That Of A Prostitute
In order to prove that there is insufficient evidence against you, you will need a cunning defense attorney to fight on your behalf. They may not be able to prove that there was indeed a definitive agreement to participate in sexual activity and they may not have proof that there was ever any talk of monetary compensation for the act. What if the entire interaction was more of a joke or a spoof and the two individuals had no real intent to engage sexually? These are all the things that your criminal attorney will investigate and look into.
When your criminal record, reputation, family life, and future are on the line, don’t leave anything to chance. Obtain qualified criminal defense so you can fight to clear your name and disassemble the prosecution’s case in court. Contact The Law Offices of Mark Deniz APLC today for legal assistance.
More frequently, San Diego county law enforcement has been putting their officers into undercover positions, acting as “johns” or male suitors looking for prostitutes. They have also been known to put their female officers undercover, posing as prostitutes to lure in men who are looking to pay for sex. In many stings, the office post online ads. They text a little with an unsuspecting person. The police give directions to a local. The cop then tells the person to go to a particular room, where the cops pounce on the person as soon as they enter the door.
What should I do if I’m charged with solicitation of a prostitute?
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