Hedding Law Firm

Los Angeles Prostitution Defense Lawyer

ProstitutionAlthough prostitution carries less severe penalties than other sex crimes, the effect of the charge on families, careers, and reputation has consequences that we as prostitution attorneys understand the humiliation one may face if being charged with prostitution. Our duty to you as our client is to help you avoid jail time and to fight for your legal rights.

In California, under the Penal Code Section 647(b), any person, male or female, who solicits or agrees to participate in a lewd act for money or consideration, can be charged with the sex crime of prostitution. There must be some act in furtherance of the agreement such as the handing over of the money or taking off clothing for example. The law does not only go after the solicitor but also the one who is the customer, who may also face some jail time.

Avoiding a Sex Crime Conviction

This prostitution charges is coming up more and more and obviously one of the things you want to do is figure out a strategy that number one, can get you out of the criminal justice system as fast as possible because it’s stressful and it can cause you a lot of problems.

I think the second thing you want to do is see if it’s possible to protect your criminal record.  In other words, the stigma of having a prostitution charge on your criminal record is horrific.  Nobody wants that.  If somebody goes to get a job and they have a prostitution charge on their record, obviously that’s a problem.  If you’re not a citizen and you’re trying to get into the country and you’ve got prostitution on your record, that’s a problem as well

So, that’s another goal that you want to have.  Is it possible under the circumstances of your case — and this is something you’re going to have to discuss with an attorney — to avoid that conviction — to avoid that mark on your record.  Then lastly in a prostitution case, you’re going to want to avoid the punishments that come along with some of these convictions depending on the facts and circumstances surrounding your case.

Defenses Against Prostitution Charges

So, you get a meeting with an attorney, and obviously you want to tell that attorney the truth about what happened.  Sometimes there are defenses to prostitution cases.  Probably the number one defense would be entrapment, which is basically, I wasn’t predisposed to get involved in any type of prostitution activity which is paying money for some sort of sex act or sex.  I was just talking to this person and I thought that everything was legitimate, as an example.

But if you’re going in the San Fernando Valley on Sepulveda Boulevard near where some of these high-prostitution activities are taking place or on Figueroa in downtown Los Angeles where there’s high-prostitution activities and you’re interacting with either under-cover or female police officers or actual prostitutes, you’re just asking to be arrested because the police because of moral reasons and also because of the community being sick and tired of seeing people engage in solicitation related activities and other activities — drugs and violence, pimping, pandering — all sorts of stuff going on that is related to prostitution-type activity, then don’t put yourself in that position.

If you put yourself in that position then you’re running the risk of getting yourself in a situation where you’re going to be arrested.  You’re going to have to go to court.  You’re going to have to get an attorney, and there’s a lot on the line for you.  You’ve put yourself in a position where you can lose a lot — subject yourself to jail time, embarrassment and a mark on your record, which obviously you don’t want.

Lawyer To Review The Facts and Details

So, what I have you do is come in, we sit down and get all of the facts and details.  Obviously, I’m going to want an honest accounting from you and then I can give you an idea of what you’re facing, some of the strategies we can employ to defend you and try to minimize some of the damage to you and what you can do to help me — the fact that you can get me character letters and other things that I will then use with the prosecutors and judge to try to get you the best resolution if you’re charged with prostitution in Los Angeles.

This is a prevalent charge.  We’re seeing this more and more.  People are being arrested.  They don’t know what to do.  They don’t know where to turn and your first step, obviously, is to hire a seasoned local attorney who has handled these cases before, got results, obtained the results that you want to get, and who can give you an honest opinion as to what you’re looking at what they can do to help you and get you out of the criminal justice system as fast as possible.

Even though prostitution is a misdemeanor offense the consequences of your reputation being harmed, your career getting damaged, and the possibility of sex offender registration requirement are extensive. We will fight for your legal rights and we are confident in the skill, knowledge, and experience they possess.

Get in touch with us and we will holp you get out of this matter.

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