Prostitution In Orange County
Prostitution is the act of exchanging sexual intercourse or other sex acts for money. This is illegal in the state of California and you could face jail time for committing such an act.
The California Penal Code Section 653.20 defines committing prostitution as engaging "in sexual conduct for money or other consideration, but does not include sexual conduct engaged in as a part of any stage performance, play or other entertainment open to the public."
Prostitution is illegal when committed anywhere whether it is an alley, plaza, park, driveway, an automobile, parking lot, a building open to the public or even in a private dwelling or a hotel or motel room. Being arrested either forprostitution or solicitation, which means seeking a prostitute, can be embarrassing and could put your career on jeopardy. If convicted, it will go on your permanent record and show up when employers perform background checks.
An accusation of prostitution, solicitation, loitering (to find prostitutes) or pandering (pimping) can make your life miserable. You may be slapped with penalties for such offenses that may include:
- Jail Time
- Fines and Fees
- Court-Determined Counseling Programs
- Community Service, Including Caltrans Work
- Possible Testing for AIDS
Orange County law enforcement officials have been increasingly cracking down on prostitution and related offenses. They have been setting up undercover operations targeting massage parlors, escort services and Internet Web sites advertising similar services. Police agencies also perform "John stings" by disguising female undercover officers as prostitutes to catch those soliciting prostitutes.
The best way to defend yourself in these cases is to hire a skilled, knowledgeable and experienced Orange County prostitution defense attorney who won't judge you, but protect your legal rights. At Coffey & Coffey, our skilled Orange County prostitution defense lawyers will do what it takes to either help dismiss all charges or reduce charges so you can avoid jail time. Call us for a free consultation.
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