Long Beach Prostitution Lawyer
Prostitution is a misdemeanor criminal offense under California state law, and it is punishable by up to six months in jail and a fine of $1,000. In addition to this sentence, anyone who is convicted will end up with a criminal record that may come up in the future during interviews for employment or on a rental application.
Penalties for Prostitution Conviction
Even if the alleged perpetrator is not convicted, the simple fact of being arrested for this sex crime can have a devastating impact on one's social and professional reputation. If you have been charged with prostitution, it is in your best interests to hire a Long Beach criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible to help you minimize the damage to your reputation and to help you avoid the serious consequences of a conviction. Come to the Law Offices of Falangetti & Weimortz, where we understand how important it is for you to handle this situation quickly and discretely and are ready to put our years of experience as prosecutors to work for you.
Prostitution is defined as engaging in sexual acts in exchange for money or other types of remuneration. In California, the offense can be charged against both the prostitute and the customer, or "john." In order to secure a conviction, it is not necessary for the prosecutor to prove that any type of sexual activity actually took place or that there was an exchange of payment. All that is required is proof that you either made or accepted an offer and did intend to carry through on the offer.
Defending You on Prostitution Charges
Defending against a charge of prostitution can be difficult, given that the arrest is often made while the act is being performed and under circumstances that make it clear that it is prostitution rather than merely being an instance of consensual sex. In other situations, the defendant is the victim of a sting operation in which an undercover police officer poses either as a whore or as a john and entices the defendant into committing the necessary elements of the crime. Such cases are often surveilled, which provides additional evidence.
It may be possible however to prove that the police used entrapment, which consists of pressuring, harassing or otherwise compelling the defendant to commit the crime when he or she would not otherwise have done so. In other cases, the strategy depends on demonstrating that there simply is not enough evidence to prove that an exchange of payment took place or that either party offered or accepted payment for sex. The key to beating the charges is to retain legal representation immediately so that your attorney can begin investigating the case and building a defense. Contact us at (562) 256-7140 to schedule a no-cost consultation and case review.