Los Angeles Prostitution Attorney
Criminal Lawyers for Solicitation Charges
Although prostitution is considered the "oldest profession" it is still a crime that is prosecuted heavily throughout California. Prostitution is defined as engaging in a sex act in exchange for money or other goods or services. Solicitation is defined as a crime of requesting or encouraging someone to engage in a crime, such as prostitution.
Under California law, these crimes are misdemeanors that could bring up to $1,000 in fines or 6 months in jail, or both. For repeat offenses the prosecution could increase the charges to a felony that could bring more severe penalties. Speed of retaining the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney in Los Angeles is very important if one has been charged with prostitution or solicitation. There are also laws concerning "loitering" and "pandering (pimping)" as well that apply to prostitution and solicitation and these could be included as part of the charges.
It is crucial that the facts and circumstances surrounding the arrest be reviewed thoroughly for factors that could cause the charges to be dropped or reduced. In order for the prosecution to maintain their case they must prove that:
- There was an engagement of prostitution, or
- There was an actual solicitation with an intent to engage in prostitution, or
- There was an agreement to engage in prostitution and an "act of furtherance" was taken to engage in the act.
An informed and practiced criminal defense lawyer with Cron, Israels & Stark will examine all of the details with you surrounding the charges in order to get them dismissed or reduced as warranted by the circumstances. We will do everything in our power to protect your rights, image and reputation concerning your arrest.
Fight to Protect Your Reputation in Los Angeles
The charges of prostitution or solicitation can be very alarming. There are cases where innocent people get caught up by police undercover operations or simply are at the wrong place at the wrong time, doing something that was misunderstood by officials. A thorough defense depends on fast action with all of the facts so that our firm can help you obtain the most favorable results possible.
If you have been charged with prostitution or solicitation, call Cron, Israels & Stark without delay and get an effective strategy in place for your best defense of these charges.
Related Prostitution and Solicitation Crime Stories in the News:
Los Angeles Times - "Four Chinese Nationals Arrested in Brothel Case"
Four Chinese nationals have been arrested on suspicion of recruiting women from China to work in brothels set up in residences in Monterey Park and San Gabriel. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said the arrest resulted from a nine-month investigation into prostitution enterprise that relied on word of mouth and personal referrals to lure customers into private condominiums for commercial sex. The defendants engaged in various types of immigration fraud, including using fake documents and false marriages to recruit Chinese women, many with valid student visas, into a life of prostitution in the San Gabriel Valley.