Prostitution & Solicitation Laws (Penal Code §647(b) PC)Although it is commonly accepted as ‘the oldest profession in the world,’ prostitution still gets prosecuted aggressively as a criminal act. Prostitution, simply put, means to engage in a sexual act in exchange for money. California prostitution law under Penal Code section 647(b) prohibits:
- engaging in the act of prostitution, and
- offering (this is also known as “solicitation”) or agreeing to engage in the act of prostitution.
Whether you’re a woman charged with prostitution by undercover cops or a “john” set up by policewomen pretending to be prostitutes, we can help. Years of experience defending against prostitution and solicitation charges guide us in presenting your defense. Frequently the police go too far. Motions to dismiss based on entrapment or outrageous government conduct is something we do that other lawyers do not.
There is often an enormous amount of political and social pressure to arrest those involved in prostitution offenses. As a result, law enforcement agencies typically invest substantial resources in vice squad operations.