Under California law, if you offer to perform in, agree to engage in, or engage in a sexual act in exchange for money or other compensation, you can be charged with prostitution. Facing these charges is a serious matter, so having skilled legal representation is essential.

At the Law Offices of Scott D. Henry, our leading Temecula prostitution lawyers could guide you through the process while fighting aggressively to have your charges reduced or dismissed entirely, minimizing any harsh penalties. Our criminal defense attorneys understand this situation can be stressful and embarrassing, so it is important to know that you are in good hands.


Under California Penal Code 266i PC, it is unlawful to persuade or encourage another individual to become a prostitute by using threats, making promises, or using duress or violence. In other words, 266i PC deals with the facilitation and encouragement of becoming a prostitute. Pandering is a felony charge, with penalties of up to six years in prison. In addition, offenders will be required to register as a sex offender for life.

Penalties for Prostitution

Under California Penal Code 647b PC, it is illegal to offer to perform a sexual act for money or other compensation, agree to pay for a sexual act, or engage in a sexual act in exchange for money, drugs, or other forms of compensation. Local law enforcement pursues those engaging in this crime aggressively. Prostitution stings are common in the area, resulting in numerous arrests, charges, and convictions.

The penalties of a prostitution conviction include a jail sentence of six months and a $1,000 fine. However, these charges are considered “priorable offenses” which means the punishment for any subsequent convictions increase significantly. For a second conviction, penalties include a minimum of 45 days in jail, and for a third or subsequent conviction, there is a minimum jail sentence of 90 days. Fortunately, several legal defenses may be appropriate to implement in your defense. These include a lack of intent, insufficient or trustworthy evidence, police entrapment, and illegal search and seizure by police. Our skilled attorneys in Temecula could build a solid defense that helps you avoid or minimize the potential penalties of prostitution charges.

How Our Skilled Prostitution Defense Attorneys Could Help

We understand how stressful and frightening this situation is. Fortunately, having experienced legal counsel on your side increases your chances of avoiding a conviction substantially. Our lawyers in Temecula committed to providing superior legal representation in prostitution cases by:

  • Advising you of your legal rights, options, and possible outcomes
  • Guiding you through the entire criminal justice process
  • Keeping up promptly updated on any developments in the case
  • Performing a thorough investigation into the alleged incident
  • Carefully reviewing the police report and evidence to look for any errors or discrepancies
  • Presenting evidence that supports your defense to law enforcement or prosecutors
  • Skillfully negotiating on y our behalf to prevent charges, minimize existing charges, or have the charges dropped entirely.
  • Negotiating to minimize penalties and avoid jail time when a conviction is unavoidable.

Consult with a Top Temecula Prostitution Attorney

If you have been charged with prostitution, you need to take immediate steps to increase your chances of a favorable outcome. A crucial step is to obtain a top Temecula prostitution lawyer to advocate aggressively on your behalf.

Our highly regarded defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Scott D. Henry have the knowledge, resources, and trial experience necessary to provide you with a strong, effective defense. Contact our offices today for a free case analysis.

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