Sex crimes are taken extremely seriously by law enforcement officers throughout the state of California. While there is no occurrence in which a sex-related crime does not carry with it harsh penalties, there are certain offenses which have penalties that are considered more severe than others. For example, the criminal act of prostitution - commonly referred to as the oldest profession on the black market - carries with it severe penalties and life-altering consequences. For this reason, if you have been criminally charged, it is in your best interests to get the involvement of an attorney to help you build the strongest defense possible.
Explanation of California Prostitution Charges
The state of California, like many other states in the nation, has drawn a severe line in accordance with criminal charges relating to prostitution. Legally speaking, prostitution simply refers to the exchange of sexual acts in return for monetary gain. Per California Penal Code §653.22, it is considered to be a criminal offense to not only induce prostitution, but also attempt to solicit. This could mean that a person was attempting to talk to those walking past them, that they were flagging down cars or even that they were themselves driving through the area attempting to talk to pedestrians.
The above behaviors are typically seen as "red flags" by law enforcement officers who are looking to criminally charge those who they believe have been guilty of prostitution. This, however, is not the only way in which law enforcement officers will look for the guilty. Another common method used by the police is known as a "sting operation" in which they will attempt to impersonate a potential client in an effort to incriminate you.
While this is a commonly utilized method, it, however, does not mean that it is perfect. In fact, many have accused this of toeing the line of entrapment where the actions of the police lead the defendant to commit a crime that they otherwise would have not have done. To ensure that your rights are protected against a faulty sting operation, it is in your best interests to get a heavyweight criminal defense lawyer on your side who will be willing to invest the necessary time and energy into investigating the case.
Why hire a sex crime lawyer from our firm?
If you find that you are facing criminal charges relating to prostitution - including pimping or pandering, then you simply do not have the luxury of taking your time. These are serious criminal offenses that deserve a similarly serious criminal defense. The best possible chance that you have of defending your legal rights is by getting the involvement of a knowledgeable attorney who will be able to help you build a case from the ground up. You can trust that you will receive this level of dedication should you choose to work with the Law Office of Thomas J. Mueller.
With over three decades of experience in criminal law, we have been able to be involved in some of the most difficult of criminal cases. We know what it takes to help our clients defend their legal rights and we are prepared to go the distance in our efforts to help our clients protect their best interests. Should you choose to work with our firm, you will be able to rest easier knowing that you will have placed your case into completely capable hands. So don't wait, call today!