California law prohibits a range of sexually-related crimes. These crimes include:
- Solicitation for prostitution
- Indecent Exposure
- Lewd or lascivious conduct
- Disorderly conduct
Solicitation is a crime of words. Solicitation does not require that the defendant actually commit a sexual act, simply that he intends to, and requests, a sexual act from another person.
Under California law, a person can be guilty of solicitation when they agree to engage in an act of prostitution and then takes an action in furtherance of the sex act.
If you are convicted of solicitation, you may be required to register as a sex offender for life and may face jail or prison time.
In addition to solicitation, engaging in the act of prostitution (exchanging any type of sexual act for money or other consideration) is also against the law. Under California law, police may arrest no only the person who gives the money (or other consideration) for a sexual act, but also the person performing the sexual act and (if certain requirements are met) any third party who brokered the transaction (commonly referred to as a pimp).
See CA Penal Code 647.
Despite the fact that many advocacy groups have pushed for reform of prostitution and solicitation crimes due to the fact that many times victims of human trafficking and other crimes are forced into prostitution against their will, prostitution remains criminalized and charges are routinely filed.
Indecent exposure is the public display of one's genitalia to one or more people. Often this is done to give the person who exposes himself, or herself, sexual satisfaction but such intent is not necessary to be guilty of the crime.
If you are convicted of indecent exposure, you will be required to register as a sex offender for life and may face jail or prison time.
Lewd or Disorderly Conduct
The following are examples of lewd or disorderly conduct that is punishable in California:
- Peeping Tom
- Flashing (indecent exposure)
- Public Masturbation or Frottage
Entrapment may be a legal defense to a sex crime. It often occurs when an undercover law enforcement agent induces a person to commit an offense, which the person would otherwise have been unlikely to commit.
Entrapment often arises as a potential legal defense in “sting” operations. The defendant essentially argues that he or she would not have committed the crime had the undercover agent not induced him or her to do so
The right representation can make a difference
Sex crimes carry potentially life-altering consequences such as mandatory sex registration for life and may involve jail or prison time. If you have been charged with a sex crime, consult with an experienced White Goldstein attorney, who has expertise in defending sex crimes, and will aggressively fight your case.
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