Prostitution refers to the illegal act of paying, agreeing, or engaging in sexual activity for compensation. Both the provider (prostitute) and solicitor (customer) of the sexual service can be prosecuted for prostitution charges, and a middleman can be charged with “pandering” or “pimping”
Many police departments are setting up sting operations in popular social establishments (nightclubs, hotels, massage parlors, etc.) to locate prostitution activity. Before arresting an individual(s) on prostitution charges, police look for clues that prove sexual activity is imminent, including the possession of condoms, sex toys, lubricant, multiple personal communication devices (cell phone, beepers, etc), and large sums of money and/or bills. Furthermore, before law enforcement officers make their approach, they watch for signs of the typical behavior associated with prostitution.
Prostitution is a misdemeanor offense that can result in monetary fines, mandatory STD and AIDS testing, probation, community service, and mandatory sex workshops and counseling. Repeated prostitution convictions can lead to harsher sentencing including imprisonment, loss of custody, and prohibition from being alone with minors. Furthermore, a prostitution conviction carries an embarrassing social stigmatism that can lead to ruined personal and professional opportunities and relationships.
If you have been charged with prostitution in Los Angeles, it is vital to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately. The legal expertise of a skilled criminal defense attorney can drastically improve your chances in a court of law. A knowledgeable attorney can protect your rights and present you with legal options and extensive resources.
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