Have you been charged with the solicitation of prostitution in Oakland? The Law Office of Nabiel C. Ahmed can help. With more than 10 years of legal experience and a dedication to providing aggressive defensive strategies, you can trust our East Bay criminal defense attorney to fight for you. Though the legal penalties for soliciting a prostitute are milder than other sex crimes, simply being accused of this crime can cause irreparable damage to your reputation, so it is essential to have a dedicated advocate in your corner.
By definition, soliciting a prostitute involves luring, enticing, or eliciting sexual acts from another individual. Typically, enticing a prostitute to perform sexual acts involves compensating them monetarily or with illegal drugs. It is important to note that actual crime of prostitution does not need to have been committed in order for an individual to be charged with solicitation, nor does money have to change hands. The mere offer to pay someone money for sex is enough to result in an arrest.
Soliciting a prostitute is a misdemeanor offense in the State of California and the penalties can vary. In certain solicitation cases, including solicitation to engage in sexual activity with a minor, California law requires convicted defendants to register as sex offenders.
Defense against a solicitation charge requires challenging whether or not the defendant communicated a request to commit a crime, or whether or not the defendant actually intended for a crime to be committed. Challenging intent often involves arguing that the defendant's actions were misinterpreted, either by the witness or a law enforcement officer.
Another common defense to charges of soliciting a prostitute is entrapment, often argued in cases that involve undercover sting operations. In these cases, the defense can argue that the defendant would not have offered to engage in sexual activity if it were not for the enticement or pressure of an undercover police officer.
Charges of soliciting a prostitute and the public scorn that comes with it can destroy marriages, relationships, custody battles, and even careers. Our East Bay criminal defense law firm is dedicated to protecting our clients' rights and reputation and pursue positive outcomes. To help you get started, we offer a free and confidential consultation to all prospective clients, during which time we will assess the details of your case to advise you on your best legal options.
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