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How to get prostittution charges in San Diego Dismissed. Penal Code 647(b) solicitiation. Former Prosecution and now Award-winning defense attorney explains

by | Nov 12, 2023 | Firm News |

San Diego has one of the largest concentrations of escort

providers in the United States.  It is a service that has high demand when considering the population of the city, tourism,

military presence, and the overall demand for such services.


San Diego also has a large number of massage & wellness parlors that are intended to help supply the demand.


The various law enforcement agencies of San Diego, usually through their “Vice” divisions, carry out various stings.


In this modern world the term “escort” and “services” can mean a number of things.  It can range from a private dancer

to simple companionship.  Massage & wellness has evolved over the years to include a variety of practices.


Law Enforcement takes all these types of services and lumps them into one…..San Diego Prostitution.

We defend San Diego prostitution cases.  We are especially skilled and experienced in defending Backpage, Craigslist, Eros, and MyRedBook cases.  We know how to defend against massage parlor sting operations.  You may be eligible for a diversion program that can prevent a conviction of prostitution charges.  Mark Deniz has seen the other side as a prosecutor and can navigate someone through the process.

The most common prostitution-related offenses charged San Diego Agreeing to Engage in an Act of Prostitution:


Penal Code section 647(b) Agreeing to a sexual act in exchange for money or something of value.  The prosecution must  prove that there was an agreement to a sexual act, that the defendant agreed to engage in that act, and that the defendant “did something to further the act of prostitution.” This means that an agreement to exchange sex for money is not enough to prove the charge, the prosecutor must prove that there was an additional act beyond the agreement that was in furtherance of committing an act of prostitution.

Escorting Without A Permit.  If the police try to set you up for a prostitution charge but can’t do it, they may charge you with “escorting without a permit” which is a violation of a San Diego Municipal Code.    They may also charge this along with a prostitution charge.   Escorting without a permit is a misdemeanor that can carry up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.


The SDPD Vice unit’s latest tactic is to troll internet classifieds looking for escorts, and yes, law enforcement have figured out to look in the “Theraputic Services” section of Craigslist now that the “Adult Services” section is gone.  Often these escorts, massage therapists, or dancers are from out of town and advertise that they are in town for the weekend.  The police will lure an escort, massage therapist or dancer to a hotel, and then — no matter what happens, even if no illegal activity occurs – the person is arrested and soon finds herself in a room with dozens of others who fell into the same trap.  If this or something similar happened to you, call us right away to obtain a San Diego attorney who knows how to defend these cases.  As a former San Diego prosecutor I have handled hundreds of these cases.  I have seen the cases that have issues. Even if you think you may have violated the law, we can help you fight this charge.  We have experience successfully fighting these cases.


Call the Law Offices of Mark Deniz for a free case evaluation at (858) 751-4384.


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