Prostitution Defense in Orange County
Have you been arrested for prostitution?
If you have been arrested for prostitution in or around Orange County,
it is important to understand what the law says about this crime and your
rights. Prostitution is defined under Penal Code 647(b) PC as offering
or agreeing to engage in the act of prostitution, which is the exchanging
of a sexual act for money or other goods or services. According to this
law, California law enforcement officers have the right to arrest the
prostitute, the customer, and the pimp or middleman.
Prostitution crime is typically a misdemeanor offense and the
penalties for a first-time prostitution charge can include up to six months
in county jail, a fine of up to $1,000, or both. This is not always the case, and some suspects are handcuffed, booked
at police headquarters, and then released with a promise to appear at
a future court date. The penalties for prostitution typically increase
in intensity with every subsequent arrest, and in some cases, a judge
may order the individual to register as a sex offender in the national registry.
There are many reasons why you should take action to fight your prostitution
charges instead of accepting a conviction and the penalties that result. At the
Law Offices of Jacqueline Goodman, we see many innocent people arrested for this crime and put through the
harsh criminal justice process without just cause.
We are here to help make sure that doesn’t happen to you.
How an OC Prostitution Defense Lawyer Can Defend Your Rights
There are several different defense strategies that may be effective in
fighting your prostitution charges, and we will take every option into
consideration as we work toward the best result for your case. Aside from
being at the "right place at the right time," Orange County
law enforcement officers often try to catch acts of prostitution by performing
undercover "sting" operations. These sting operations lure people
into acts of prostitution. Some undercover officers are not above using
sneaky and backhanded techniques to lure in pimps or even law-abiding
citizens so they can make an arrest.
When you call our firm about your charges, our
Orange County sex crimes attorney may be able to help you prove that you were the victim of entrapment.
If you can prove that you only agreed to prostitution because a police
officer lured you into doing so, your charges may be reduced or dismissed
altogether. This can be a difficult argument to prove, but our team has
the experience and legal resources you need to fight your charges effectively.
Our lawyer may also be able to prove that there is insufficient evidence
or a lack of evidence to convict you of prostitution charges.