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San Jose Prostitution Defense Lawyer

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Criminal Defense Attorney for Prostitution Offenses in San Francisco and Santa Clara County

In California, prostitution is a crime. A conviction of prostitution can damage your reputation, require you to pay hefty fines, and can lead to your imprisonment. If you were charged with engaging in prostitution, it is essential to retain a skilled criminal defense lawyer who has experience with defending clients who are accused of prostitution. At the Law Offices of Erik Steven Johnson, we aggressively represent our clients to ensure their rights and freedoms are protected in the criminal justice system.

California Laws Regarding Prostitution

Prostitution in California is defined as sexual conduct for money, valuable items, or benefits. There are numerous criminal offenses involving prostitution, including the following:

  • An individual (18 years or older) soliciting or committing prostitution is guilty of disorderly conduct and can be charged with a misdemeanor. If an individual solicits prostitution from a minor and the offender knew or should have known that the solicited person was a minor, the individual faces a jail term of up to one year. The individual may also be fined up to $10,000 (Penal Code section 647).
  • It is illegal for an individual to engage in sexual conduct with another person in exchange for the individual giving that person money, an item of value, or some other benefit (Penal Code section 647). This offense is punishable by a jail sentence of up to 6 months and a fine up to $1,000.
  • Loitering in a public place for the purpose of engaging in prostitution is unlawful (Penal Code section 653.22).
  • It is illegal for an individual to take the money that another person earned from sex work (Penal Code section 653.23).
  • Recruiting or ordering another person to engage in prostitution is a criminal offense (Penal Code section 653.23)
  • It is unlawful for any individual who keeps, manages, owns, or controls a home in which prostitution takes place to keep a minor in that house (Penal Code section 309).
  • It is a crime for a person to enter a room or building that is intended for individuals to commit prostitution. A person convicted of this crime is guilty of a misdemeanor and will be jailed for up to 6 months and/or fined up to $500 (Penal Code section 318).

Minors and Prostitution

As of September 2016, individuals under the age of 18 will not be arrested nor prosecuted for committing prostitution. However, law enforcement officials can still interfere in situations in which minors are engaging in prostitution. Under the 2016 amendments to Penal Code sections 647 and 653.22, minors who engage, or intended to engage, in prostitution are deemed dependent children of the court and can be taken into custody temporarily. If the minor's parents or guardians cannot be reached, then peace officers will be required to notify the county welfare department to take custody of the minor.

Reputable Criminal Defense Lawyer in Los Gatos

If you are charged with committing and/or soliciting an act of prostitution, contact the Law Offices of Erik Steven Johnson. For over 10 years Attorney Erik Johnson has defended individuals with dedication and skill. His deep knowledge of criminal law allows him to obtain the outcomes and results that his clients desire. Call the office at 408-246-3004, or contact us online. We serve clients in Santa Clara County, San Francisco, Sunnyvale, Mountain View, Cupertino, and across California.

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