Under Penal Code 647(b), the prosecution must show that:
(Note: A related charge under Penal Code §653.22 is the act of loitering for prostitution. If you delayed or lingered in a public place where you did not have a “lawful purpose” for being there, and you did so intending to commit prostitution, you may be charged and convicted of this crime.)
Our Los Angeles criminal defense lawyers will scrutinize all police reports, witness statements and other evidence in your case.
Many arrests for solicitation of prostitution originate from “stings,” or undercover police officers disguised as pimps or prostitutes. In many such cases, these officers try to coax, coerce, or lure the defendant into engaging in prostitution or otherwise pressure the defendant to agree to give up compensation in exchange for sexual favors. Some examples include flattering the defendant or using emotional blackmail, or, in some cases, even harassing or defrauding the defendant into committing the act. This is called entrapment. Under California law, entrapment occurs where an otherwise law-abiding person is induced into committing a crime that he or she would otherwise not have committed.
Based on the facts or circumstances of your case, we may be able to successfully argue that you were the victim of entrapment, resulting in the dismissal of your charges.
We may also be able to negotiate an alternative disposition of your case. We can discuss the matter with the prosecutor and arrange for a dismissal of your charges in exchange for your completion of AIDS awareness classes. This is particularly feasible if you do not have a criminal history and are otherwise a responsible, law-abiding citizen.
If you were pulled over in your vehicle at the time the arrest was made, we will look into the reason for the vehicle stop. Based on the facts and circumstances of your case, we may be able to argue that the police did not have reasonable suspicion of a traffic violation or probable cause that you were committing a crime at the time your vehicle was stopped. If so, we may be able to have the evidence against you suppressed and, therefore, the charges to be thrown out.
There are a host of issues we can evaluate based on our analysis of the police reports, witness statements and other evidence on file. Based on our findings, we may be able to successfully thwart a criminal prosecution in court or otherwise weaken the case against you.
Ernenwein & Mathes, LLP, has experienced Los Angeles criminal defense lawyers with over 60 combined years of experience defending persons accused of solicitation of prostitution.
Robert Ernenwein is a former Los Angeles deputy district attorney and is certified as a Criminal Law Specialist by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization. He has been selected for inclusion in California Super Lawyers for several years and has appeared as a legal analyst on multiple cable news programs, including Fox News.
Have you or someone you know been arrested for solicitation of prostitution? Contact Ernenwein & Mathes, LLP, Los Angeles and Orange County criminal defense lawyers today at 310-375-5858 for a free case review.