Prostitution Lawyers – California Penal Code 643.22 and 647(b) PC
Often referred to as “the world’s oldest profession,” Prostitution can take place on street corners, be initiated through phone services for call girls and escorts, and can even occur in public places such as massage parlors.
Do You Need a California Prostitution Lawyer?
If you are being charged with prostitution in California, you need to hire an experienced prostitution lawyer to defend you. If you are convicted of this crime, you face severe punishment including jail or prison time, fines and lifetime sex offender registration. Therefore it is imperative that you hire an experienced California prostitution lawyer to defend you in your case.
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What Qualifies as Prostitution under California Penal Code 643.22 and 647(b) PC?
California Penal Code defines Prostitution as engaging in sexual activity in exchange for money or some other benefit. According to California Penal Code 653.22, “It is unlawful for any person to loiter in any public place with the intent to commit prostitution. This intent is evidenced by acting in a manner and under circumstances which openly demonstrate the purpose of inducing, enticing, or soliciting prostitution, or procuring another to commit prostitution.” California Penal Code 647(b) PC defines the actual act of prostitution.
In determining whether or not there is intent to commit Prostitution under 647(b) PC, evidence must show that someone “repeatedly beckons to, stops, engages in conversations with, or attempts to stop or engage in conversations with passersby” or commits similar actions towards the driver of a motor vehicle.
Prosecution of 647(b) Charges
Under California Penal Code 647(b) PC, prostitution only occurs when sexual activity is brought into the equation. If there is no mention of sexual activity, and if money or some other form of compensation has not exchanged hands, then the crime of prostitution did not occur. The prosecution must prove that Prostitution is either intended or agreed upon prior to any sort of activity.
Prostitution often involves more than two parties. The term “prostitute” refers to the person who is exchanging sexual favors for some sort of compensation. The term “John” refers to the customer, or the person who is seeking to pay in exchange for sexual activity. And sometimes, there are third parties that are referred to as “pimps” who act as business managers for prostitutes, either recruiting prostitutes in the first place or recommending Johns towards certain prostitutes. In any event, there are a number of circumstances in which Prostitution never takes place, yet all parties involved are still arrested and charged with committing a crime under California Penal Code 647(b) PC or other relevant Penal Code sections.
Consequences of Prostitution – California Penal Code 647(b) PC
As with all sex crimes, prostitution carries with it more punishment than mere jail time. In addition to fines and fees having to be paid, prostitution can also ruin a person’s reputation with an employer and in the community. The social stigma that comes along with a prostitution conviction under California Penal Code 647(b) PC can lead to job dismissal, fewer employment opportunities, and a diminished social life.
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The California Prostitution attorneys at Wallin & Klarich know the laws surrounding Prostitution conviction to ensure that your rights haven’t been infringed upon. With over 30 years of experience helping those accused of crimes in California get the proper legal representation and counsel they need, we have the knowledge and resources to assist you with your case.
Call us today at (877) 4-NO-JAIL (877-466-5245) for a free case consultation and evaluation.