In the state of California, a person who solicits another person to engage in a sexual act in return for money or other consideration such as drugs, could be charged with solicitation of prostitution. If you have been charged with this crime, the prosecutor must prove you requested that another person engage in an act of prostitutionyou fully intended to engage in that act, and you did something to further the commission of the act of prostitution.
In some cases the police department posts on Craigslist or Back. Although it would seem these sting operations come very close to entrapment, in order to claim the entrapment defense the defendant would have to prove he or she had absolutely no intention of committing a crime but were persuaded to do so by an undercover police.
A diligent criminal defense attorney may also show there is simply not enough evidence to convict, that not all elements of the crime were met, or that you are truly innocent of the charges. So, if you are arrested for solicitation, what should you do to help minimize the damage such charges can bring?
If you are arrested for solicitation of a prostitute, it is extremely important that you remain silent after stating your name and address. You should not be combative or uncooperative, just politely state that you will not answer questions until your attorney arrives.
The police are well-trained in coaxing those arrested for a sex crime to talk and, ultimately, incriminate themselves. The police absolutely do not have your best interests or your future at heart, and you should never assume they do. The Oakland police department has recently begun posting photos of those arrested for pimping, prostitution and solicitation on the police website.
The underlying idea is that because of the embarrassment associated with posting the photos, those considering engaging in solicitation might re-consider. As you can imagine, it would be extremely embarrassing to have your photograph posted on a website for all to see—especially if your charges were unfounded.
In some cases you might be ordered to undergo mandatory AIDS testing and education or could be placed on probation. In addition to the serious legal consequences, there are many other non-legal consequences which can be every bit as distressing.
First and foremost, there is the social stigma attached to such a crime. You could lose your job and even your family if convicted of solicitation of prostitution.
If you hold a public office or have a high-profile job, the damage to your reputation could be hard to overcome. Further, it could become much more difficult to obtain employment with such a conviction on your record.
If you are not a legal citizen of the United States, there could be immigration consequences associated with a conviction for solicitation such as removal from the country. You stand a much better chance of having the charges dropped or being able to plead to a lesser offense if you hire an attorney to zealously fight against a conviction.
Your knowledgeable criminal defense attorney can carefully review all the facts of your case then present you with options as well as best and worst case scenario. Your attorney understands the damage your reputation could suffer from a conviction for solicitation and will work hard for your rights and your future.
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Take Your Miranda Rights Seriously If you are arrested for solicitation of a prostitute, it is extremely important that you remain silent after stating your name and address. The Oakland Police Department May Attempt to Shame You The Oakland police department has recently begun posting photos of those arrested for pimping, prostitution and solicitation on the police website.
Additional Consequences In addition to the serious legal consequences, there are many other non-legal consequences which can be every bit as distressing.