Prostitution is a crime that is also known as Solicitation. It is a misdemeanor crime that is part of the umbrella category of crimes called Disorderly Conduct. Other related charges include pandering and loitering.
- Prostitution – The act of exchanging money for sexual activity
- Solicitation for Prostitution – The act of asking someone to exchange money for sexual activity
- Pandering – Solicitation of customers for prostitution services or recruitment of prostitutes for hire (also called Pimping)
- Loitering – Lingering without a lawful reason, for the purpose of committing a crime or engaging in prostitution.
Prostitution arrests are made by law enforcement using a number of different techniques. These include such things as sting operations that target both street prostitution and Internet prostitution rings.
Prostitution arrests take place for both the prostitute and the “John” or recipient. When charged with a crime, most defendants are charged with both prostitution and solicitation for prostitution.
The penalties for prostitution related crimes may include:
- Jail time
- Community Service
- Disease Testing
- Cal Trans (physical labor)
In order to successfully prosecute a prostitution crime the prosecutor must prove at least one of the three key elements took place.
- Solicitation for prostitution
- Agreement to engage in a sexual act
- Engaging in a sexual act of prostitution
If you have been accused of a prostitution crime it is important to work with a criminal attorney immediately. The attorney will help build your case and fight to get the charges dropped or reduced whenever possible.