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Prostitution has been around as long as there have been civilization, and while this act is referred to as the “oldest profession,” prosecutors aggressively target this as a criminal act. In the most basic sense, prostitution is defined as any engagement in which sexual favors are given in return for money or some other form of goods or services. For example, you perform sexual favors in return for a new car. Regardless of the scenarios, California Penal Code 647(b) clearly defines and outlines potential penalties and guidelines for convictions.
Prostitution is categorized under California Penal Code 647(b); however, Penal Code 647 covers a variety of sexually based offenses. For example, PC 647(a) refers to any persons who are caught engaging in lewd behavior in a public place or engaging in sexual activities in a public venue; however, PC 647(b) strictly refers to engaging in prostitution activities. According to this law, the following activities are strictly prohibited:
According to California law, police officers may arrest not only the prostitute, but also the customer as well as the middleman, or pimp. State law defines a “pimp” as any person who arranges meetings between the prostitute and the customer. For more information regarding the legal ramifications of “pimping,” refer to California Penal Code 266(h) and 266(I). Even if the “pimp” does not meet the aforementioned qualities, it’s possible to still be charged with a crime if they aid in or supervise the act of prostitution in any fashion, as outlined by California Penal Code 653.23.
To prevent confusion, the following examples are common when it comes to making arrests and charging individuals under Penal Code 647(b):
While the specifics of your case may determine the route your legal defense team may take, it’s essential to fight this charge. Due to the subjective and sensitive nature of such a charge, a professional legal team is able to locate holes within the initial charge to either prevent a conviction or reduce conviction severity. Some of the legal defenses your lawyers may engage in include:
Protecting your rights as an adult to engage in legal sexual activity is the primary goal for defense attorneys. If you’re facing a possible conviction under PC 647(b), hire an attorney with experience and knowledge to prevent jail time and other unsavory penalties.