On June 24, 2010, a grand jury indicted NFL Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor on charges of statutory rape and patronizing a prostitute.

The charges stem from an incident on May 6, 2010, where Taylor is alleged to have paid a 16-year-old female $300 to engage in various sex acts with him. Taylor maintains his innocence.

Under California Penal Code section 647(b), a person who agrees to exchange money or other consideration for sex is guilty of soliciting prostitution. Under the same section, a person who actually exchanges money or other consideration for sex is guilty of engaging in prostitution. Soliciting prostitution and engaging in prostitution are misdemeanors.

Under California Penal Code section 261.5(a), person who has sex with a minor who is not the person’s spouse is guilty of unlawful sexual intercourse. Under Penal Code section 261.5(c), if the person has unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor, and the person is more than three years older than the minor, the person can be convicted of either a misdemeanor or felony.

If you or someone you know has been accused of engaging in an act of prostitution or any sex offense, the consequences of an adverse result can be devastating. You will need a criminal defense attorney experienced in defending those accused of sex offenses. At Wallin & Klarich, we have been helping people accused of sex offenses for over 30 years. Call us today at (877) 466-5245. We will be there when you call.

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