Undercover police officers pose as prostitutes all the time, hoping to
catch unsuspecting johns in the act. They also pose as johns, looking
to bust prostitutes and their
pimps. These undercover sting operations also unfortunately snare innocent men
and women all of the time. When this occurs, you need an experienced
Oakland sex crime lawyer on your side.
California Penal Code 647b is also known as California's prostitution law. It states that it is against the law for anyone to engage in the act of prostitution or to offer to engage in the act of prostitution. Both the prostitute and the customer (also known as a john) can be arrested and charged with a prostitution crime. In addition, a pimp or a Madame can also be arrested, but they will face charges of pimping and pandering instead.
Prostitution rings are very common. Illegal immigrants and children are often coerced into this lifestyle and offered very little choice. When this occurs, more serious child prostitution or sex trafficking charges can be levied, instead of prostitution.
By definition, the act of prostitution involves performing sexual acts or allowing someone to perform sexual acts for money. This can involve sexual intercourse, erotic fondling, or oral sex. Even if money does not ever change hands, simply offering to pay for sex or soliciting another person for sex is against the law.
It is also important to note that the sexual acts do not have to be performed in order to be charged with prostitution or soliciting a prostitute. Simply agreeing to pay or agreeing to perform the sexual acts in question are enough to arrest you and charge you with a prostitution crime.
Sandy is walking on the street in a provocative dress. An undercover agent posed as a john approaches her and offers to pay her $200 for a blowjob. She agrees and leads him to an alley. Sandy would then be arrested for agreeing to engage in the act of prostitution, even though she did not receive any money or perform the sexual act.
Perhaps the worst penalty for being arrested and charged with a prostitution crime is the damage to your reputation. Johns, in particular, may face serious repercussions at home and at work. Charges of prostitution can damage your marriage, your relationships, your friendships, your career, and your reputation in the community. As such, you need these charges to be dismissed as quickly and as quietly as possible.
At the Law Office of Nabiel C. Ahmed, we understand your desire to keep these charges private and we work quickly to have them dismissed. We also know the damage that a prostitution charge can cause and will help you protect your reputation and your standing in the community throughout the legal process.
Our defense law firm serves clients in Oakland, San Francisco, Walnut Creek, and throughout the East Bay. Contact our firm: the Law Office of Nabiel C. Ahmed today to set up a free review of your case at (510) 907-6600. If you are already detained, we are also available for phone consultations and jail interviews. You can also fill out a confidential contact form.