L.A. Criminal Law Attorney Fights Your Solicitation Charge

Los Angeles law firm helps you avoid a criminal record

An arrest for soliciting prostitution is embarrassing, and can result in jail time. With solicitation, the penalties increase with each conviction. At the Law Offices of Arash Hashemi, we have assisted many clients just like you during our over more than 10 years of practicing criminal law. We know the tactics used by the authorities to arrest, prosecute and convict Los Angeles residents of solicitation, and we know how to create a solid defense.

Jail time for solicitation

To convict you, the state must prove that you solicited another person to engage in an act of prostitution. Simply nodding to or winking at a prostitute is not enough. The state must prove that you intended to solicit the prostitute for sex. If convicted, you face the following penalties:

  • Up to six months in the county jail
  • As much as $1,000 in fines
  • Driver’s license suspension up to 30 days, if you committed the crime in your car and within 1,000 feet of a residence

What if an undercover officer encourages the solicitation?

In Los Angeles, police frequently engage in sting operations and pose as prostitutes or pimps to make solicitation arrests. If an undercover officer applies pressure, harassment, fraud, flattery or threats to make you engage in behavior that you otherwise wouldn’t, you may be able to make an entrapment defense. But merely being offered the opportunity to engage in sex with a prostitute does not constitute entrapment.

Reducing solicitation charges

Depending on your criminal history and the skill of your defense lawyer, it may be possible to reduce a solicitation charge to a charge of disturbing the peace. This can protect your personal and professional reputation. To increase your chances of reducing the charges, call a defense lawyer immediately after your arrest.

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Let An Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney Defend You

At the Law Offices of Arash Hashemi, we work diligently to protect your reputation. You can schedule a consultation with a lawyer from our firm by calling us at (310) 894-8548 or contacting us online. Our office is in the Westside Towers in Los Angeles, within minutes of Santa Monica, Brentwood, Beverly Hills and Westwood. We have flexible office hours, and we will visit you in jail to discuss your case.