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In California, prostitution is an act that many politicians and lawmakers are trying to better understand. As it stands, someone convicted of exchanging sex for money for a second time is punished with mandatory jail time. No matter the crime, jail time may greatly impact a person’s life and future in a negative way. But many lawmakers are seeking an alternative with a bill that could remove the mandatory sentencing for prostitution. Jail-cell-keys.jpg

Bill Approved by Senate

Earlier this month, the California Senate voted to approve a bill that would end the state’s mandatory jail sentencing for repeat offenders who engage in prostitution. Under California’s current law, a second prostitution conviction is punishable by a minimum of 45 days in jail. A third or subsequent offense raises the time to 90 days.

It is also possible for the court to restrict the person’s driving privileges for up to six months if the act of prostitution occurs within 1,000 feet of private residences. Continue reading →

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Life in the Massachusetts Bay Colony was a strange one for crime and punishment. In thoseScarletA.jpg days, the Puritans considered it a criminal offense to cheat on one’s spouse. One of that crime’s punishments was made famous by the Nathanial Hawthorne novel, The Scarlet Letter. The convicted person would be forced to wear a large, scarlet-colored “A” on their clothing, which told anyone in sight of the convicted person that he or she had committed adultery.

Fast-forward almost 400 years later to life in the city of Anaheim. On September 23, the City Council unanimously approved an ordinance that would give the scarlet letter punishment a modern twist. If a person is arrested, charged, and convicted of soliciting a prostitute, his or her name will be posted on a list that the city will publish online. Since 2011, 187 arrests have been made for prostitution in Anaheim. Those arrests include all players in the crime: pimps, prostitutes, and clients (or “johns”).

Public Shaming: Punishing People for Being Lonely

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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.

Prositution%20Criminal%20Defense%20Attorneys%20888-280-6839.jpg 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.

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