Los Angeles Prostitution Attorneys
Prostitution & Solicitation Criminal Offenses
Prostitution, exchanging sex or sexual activity for money, is illegal in
California. If you are convicted of this offense, you may face time in
jail, fines, probation, community service and possible registration as
a sex offender. Second, third and subsequent offenses carry enhanced penalties.
Have you been arrested for a prostitution-related offense in Los Angeles
or the South Bay area? Contact a
Los Angeles sex crime attorney at Okabe & Haushalter and find out how we can help. You may be charged
with prostitution even if no money was actually exchanged or if no sex
acts were performed. Simply agreeing to give or receive sex for money
may be enough for a prosecutor to charge you with prostitution, and you
will need a lawyer on your side to defend your rights. What if an undercover
law enforcement officer entrapped you into offering money in exchange
for sexual activity? What are your rights in this case? A defense lawyer
at our firm can answer your questions and can help use this to your advantage.
Penalties for Prostitution in California
Prostitution is generally defined as any sexual act which is offered, accepted
or performed in exchange for money. Both the "prostitute" (the
person accepting money for sexual acts) and the "john" (the
person offering money for sexual acts) may face criminal charges.
A first offense involving prostitution or
solicitation of prostitution may be charged as a misdemeanor, where the maximum term of imprisonment
is 12 months in county jail.
- A prior prostitution conviction will mean that a mandatory term of imprisonment
of 45 days may be required.
- Having 2 prior prostitution convictions on one's record may result
in a mandatory term of imprisonment of 90 days.
(Note: specific penalties will vary depending upon the particular offense
as well as the jurisdiction)
Although prostitution is "only a misdemeanor offense" the consequences
of a conviction are far-reaching. Your reputation may be permanently damaged,
and you may be required to register as a sex offender.
Defenses for Prostitution Charges in Los Angeles
At our firm, we are criminal defense attorneys committed to defending clients
who have been arrested or charged with a crime in Los Angeles. We believe
that every individual has the right to be treated fairly throughout the
criminal process, and we have set out to help ensure that occurs. When
you work with a defense attorney at our firm, you can rest assured that
we will provide you with the best legal representation in Los Angeles.
There are a number of defenses a lawyer at Okabe & Haushalter can utilize
in order to help secure an acquittal if you have been accused of prostitution.
Some such defenses include:
- Insufficient evidence
- Unreliable witnesses
- Lack of intent
- Lack of knowledge
By conducting a thorough investigation of every aspect of your case and
charges, we can determine how we can best help you. Contact a
Los Angeles prostitution defense attorney to talk about your case.