California Solicitation of Prostitution Defense Attorney
If you have been charged with solicitation of prostitution in California, you need a defense attorney who is going to fight for you all the way.
Solicitation of prostitution is a sex crime in California, and if you are convicted, you could face jail time and/or fines, among other consequences. However, just because you’ve been charged with solicitation, it doesn’t mean you are guilty or there is no hope. In fact, with a California solicitation of prostitution defense lawyer on your side, you will have a chance of getting your charges dropped, or at least reduced, put this incident behind you, and move on with your life.
What Is Solicitation of Prostitution?
Solicitation of prostitution occurs when you ask another person to engage in prostitution, and you intend to engage in that act of prostitution with them. For example, a man may approach a woman and offer her $200 to have sex with him, or he might give her free drugs to perform sexual acts. Even if the act does not occur, the man could be found guilty of solicitation of prostitution simply for offering money or drugs to the woman. Solicitation of prostitution does not always have to involve a professional sex worker.
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What Are the Penalties for Solicitation of Prostitution?
In California, solicitation of prostitution is a misdemeanor offense. If this is your first offense, you could:
- Spend up to six months in county jail
- Be required to pay a fine of up to $1,000
On your second offense, you could:
- Have to spend at least 45 days in county jail
On your third offense, you could:
- Have to spend at least 90 days in county jail
Additional penalties might include probation, AIDS testing, counseling, physical labor, and community service. If you solicited a minor, the penalties for the crime could be much more severe. Unlike other sex crimes in California, there is no rule where you have to register as a sex offender.
Defenses for Solicitation of Prostitution
It is up to the prosecutor to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you are guilty of solicitation of prostitution. This can be difficult, as there are a number of defenses you could use.
You could say that your intent was not to actually engage in the sexual acts with the person you solicited. For example, you may have hired an escort to accompany you to dinner, but you had no intention of sleeping with this person – you simply wanted to spend some time with them.
There could be a lack of evidence as well. If you’re not on the record saying that you intended to engage in a sexual act with the person you allegedly solicited, then the prosecutor is going to have a tough time proving that you’re guilty.
Another defense is entrapment. Sometimes, cops will do prostitution stings to catch people trying to pay for sex. They may use methods to coerce “johns” into saying they will pay for sexual acts when a “john” normally wouldn’t have done that under other circumstances. The cops could come in and arrest you without having solid evidence of your guilt. The charges may not hold up, especially if you have never committed a criminal act before.
When you contact a solicitation of prostitution defense attorney, you will work together to come up with a defense and hopefully get your charges reduced or dropped altogether.
Taking a Plea Deal vs. Going to Trial
Most criminal cases end in plea deals, where you agree to plead guilty or no contest in exchange for reduced or dropped charges. Prosecutors would rather do plea deals than go to trial because it is time-consuming and the courts are backed up with cases. You and your solicitation of prostitution defense attorney can discuss your best options based on the evidence and other circumstances surrounding your case.
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Finding a Solicitation of Prostitution Defense Lawyer
When looking for a lawyer, you’ll need to find someone with extensive experience with solicitation of prostitution cases. Also, your representation should have excellent case results showing that they were able to get their clients’ charged reduced or dropped.
Solicitation of prostitution defense attorney Chris J. Bou Saeed at CBS Law has had a 93% trial success rate in over 20 jury trials. He delivers justice for those harmed by the police, most recently securing a $1.5 million settlement from the Orange County police department for one of his clients.
For more information, contact CBS Law for your free 60-minute consultation by calling (213) 600-0972 or getting in touch on our website. CBS Law is here for you 24/7, and we’ll work hard on your case to ensure justice is served. We are looking forward to helping you with your solicitation of prostitution case in California.
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