Sacramento Solicitation Lawyer
What Is a Crime of Solicitation?
In California, it is illegal under Penal Code 647b to engage in an act of prostitution and to solicit an act of prostitution. Recall that prostitution refers to the act of engaging in sexual intercourse or a lewd sexual act with another person in exchange for money or some other form of compensation.
Under California law, a person “solicits” prostitution when they:
- request a person to engage in an act of prostitution; and
- do so with the intent to engage in an act of prostitution with the person.
Note that to be guilty of solicitation, the defendant must have clearly intended to engage in the act of prostitution. For instance, a person is not soliciting prostitution when they are present in an area of prostitution or wave to a passing stranger; to be guilty of the crime, they need to expressly indicate intent for an interaction of prostitution.
Be aware that there are several crimes related to solicitation, including:
- human trafficking;
- loitering with the intent to commit prostitution;
- supervising or aiding a prostitute.
Penalties and Defense Strategies
- arguing insufficient evidence to prove solicitation occurred (e.g., the prosecutor cannot prove the defendant intended to engage in prostitution);
- law enforcement entrapped the defendant (e.g., via an undercover sting operation that set them up);
- false accusations.
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