You were arrested for hiring a prostitute and now are fearful of the potential consequences. Perhaps you hired her off of the streets, or online. Perhaps you were part of a “sting” operation. If you find yourself in any of these situations, it is essential that you hire the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney.
If I am convicted of PC 647b, what is the punishment?
The crime of solicitation can have severe consequences. Under PC 647(b), it is a misdemeanor offense. If convicted of solicitation, a person may serve a sentence in county jail for up to 6 months and/or a maximum fine of $1,000.
If the solicitation occurred in a vehicle that was within 1,000 feet of a private residence, the court may also choose to suspend your driver’s license for up to 6 months. See California Vehicle Code 13201.5.
If convicted of solicitation, the court has discretion to order you to register as a sex offender under PC 290.006. This registration has lasting effects that can damage your reputation, career and/or family life. For example, if you are married and must register as a sex offender for solicitation, your wife will likely find out about your solicitation.
Prosecution of solicitation under PC 647(b)
To convict you of solicitation the prosecution must show the following three elements:
• You requested that another person engage in the act of prostitution • You intended to engage in an act of prostitution with the other person, and • The other person received the communication containing the request
Why you should hire Wallin & Klarich
Wallin & Klarich Sex Crimes Criminal Defense Attorneys have been successfully defending our clients facing solicitation of prostitution charges for over 30 years. In many solicitation cases we have been able to have the charge against our clients dismissed or drastically reduced due to our extensive knowledge of the law.
Immediately upon retaining Wallin & Klarich, we will obtain all of the discovery in your case. We will obtain a complete statement from you of the relevant facts surrounding your case. We will also review the police reports regarding your arrest line by line. This thorough analysis will allow us to isolate which circumstances related to your arrest will potentially be favorable to your defense.
Once we have a thorough factual understanding of your case, we will aggressively create the most effective defense strategy for your specific case. We will use this powerful strategy with the goal of winning your case.
When you face solicitation charges and are trying to avoid harsh jail time, a hefty fine, and the damage to your reputation, you need to call a reputable and aggressive criminal defense firm to defend you.
Wallin & Klarich has over 30 years of experience successfully defending our clients facing solicitation of prostitution charges. We have the skill and experience to help you win your case. Our offices are located in Orange County, Los Angeles, San Diego, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, West Covina, Victorville, Torrance, and Sherman Oaks. Call us today at (888) 280-6839. We will be there when you call.