Los Angeles Prostitution Lawyer
I defend prostitution cases in Southern California, I am highly skilled and experienced in defending both street prostitution cases on the streets and outcall cases from Backpage, HX (Humaniplex), CityVibe, and Craigslist cases. I handle all prostitution charges including:
- solicitation of prostitution,
- agreeing to engage in an act of prostitution,
- loitering for the purposes of prostitution,
- escorting without a permit.
I also defend pimping and pandering cases.
Enforcement of prostitution has become a major priority for local law enforcement agencies. LAPD has been cracking down in Van Nuys, Hollywood, on Western Avenue, and at the hotels on Century Boulevard near the airport. Massage parlor sting operations are also on the rise.
Even if you think you may have violated the law, I can help you fight this charge. I KNOW THE TRICKS THE POLICE DEPARTMENT USE TO TRAP ESCORTS, MASSAGE THERAPISTS, DANCERS, AND ESCORTS. I KNOW HOW TO FIGHT BACK. I am an experienced criminal defense attorney who can fight the LAPD’s prostitution cases. I know that their version of events is inaccurate. The LAPD never record any of the encounters that lead to arrests of escorts. This allows them to write and say anything they want about the version of events. Why do they get away with this? Because they don’t think anyone will fight back.
DO NOT CAVE TO THE PRESSURE TO PLEAD GUILTY. All too often, people charged with prostitution related crimes feel they have no choice but to plead to the charge. DON’T DO IT. If you are convicted of violating Cal. Penal Code 647(b), the offense is “priorable.” This means that every time you are ever convicted of another prostitution offense, the punishments will get more severe every time.
FAQs About Prostitution
Here’s a few answers to common questions from prostitution defense attorney, Jerod Gunsberg:
1) THERE IS NO RECORDING. I handle a lot of prostitution cases, and for routine prostitution cases carried out by the LAPD, I have never encountered a case in which the police produce an audio or video recording of the alleged transaction. The police do this so they can say write whatever they want in their reports regardless of the truth. They do this because they think a jury will believe them over the person accused of a crime. I know how to effectively deal with this issue.
2) YES, THERE IS A DIVERSION PROGRAM, BUT IT MAY NOT BE RIGHT FOR YOU: If you are a first time offender in the city of Los Angeles and you have no priors for prostitution, you may be eligible for the city attorney’s “prostitution diversion program.” To qualify for this program, you must plead guilty to the charge. However, you won’t be sentenced. Instead you will be require to complete a one day class which deals with the issues surrounding prostitution offenses. You will also submit to an HIV test (which also happens at the class). After the class and HIV test is completed, if you are not arrested on any new offenses for one year, your guilty plea is withdrawn and your case is dismissed. Once your case is dismissed you can truthfully answer that you have never been committed of a crime. However, even if your case is dismissed, if you are arrested for prostitution again your new offense will still count as a second offense. This means that a second prostitution offense could lead to a mandatory 45 days in jail.
IMPORTANT: If you are not a United States citizen or if you hold a professional license (nurse, doctor, lawyer, contractor, etc), or if you hold a security clearance, the diversion program may not be right for you. Here’s why: A guilty plea could lead to immigration or employment problems. Why? Because both the federal immigration authorities and professional licensing boards look beyond whether or not you are actually convicted. If you plead guilty, even if the guilty plea is withdrawn after successful completion of the diversion program, it may be viewed the same as a conviction.
3) ARE THESE CASES WORTH FIGHTING? YES! Even if you don’t qualify for the diversion program or can’t accept the diversion program, you can and should fight this case. Remember: There’s a lot can be done on these cases. Don’t just show up to court and accept the first thing offered. You owe it to yourself to at least all an experienced prostitution defense lawyer to discuss your case.
WE CAN HELP YOU WITH YOUR SOLICITATION OR PROSTITUTION DEFENSE. CALL THE LAW OFFICES OF JEROD GUNSBERG AT (310) 210-0744 24 HOURS A DAY/7 DAYS A WEEK FOR A FREE CONSULTATION.