Prostitution occurs when one offers, agrees to or engages in one or more sexual acts for hire. Providers can face charges of prostitution, the customer can face charges of solicitation of prostitution, and middlemen can face charges of pandering or “pimping.”

California law states that agreements between individuals to carry out lewd acts or engage in prostitution are guilty of a misdemeanor crime of disorderly conduct. A conviction for prostitution can be devastating. A sexual behavior misdemeanor conviction can damage a person’s reputation, career or family life. Descriptions of infractions and relevant California Penal Codes are as follows:

  • Solicitation — Directing someone to ask for money in exchange for sexual acts (see California Penal Code Section 647(b)
  • Prostitution — Exchange of money in return for sexual acts (see California Penal Code Section 653.20(a)
  • Pandering — Soliciting customers for the services of a prostitute and/or recruiting individuals to serve as prostitutes for hire (see California Penal Code Section 266(i)
  • Loitering (see California Penal Code Section 653.20(c)) — Lingering without legal reason in order to commit a crime or to engage in prostitution
  • Pimping — Can be broken into two different definitions:
    • Living or deriving support or maintenance, in whole or in part, from the earnings or proceeds of the prostitution of a person whom the defendant knows to be a prostitute, or by means of money loaned or advanced to, or charged against such a person by a keeper, manager or inmate of a house or location where prostitution occurs
    • Soliciting, or receiving compensation for soliciting, for a person whom the defendant knows to be a prostitute

If you have been accused of prostitution, solicitation, pimping or pandering, contact BRUNO│NALU. We offer a free face-to-face consultation and can work out a payment plan in most situations.