California Prostitution: Penal Code 647(b)
In California prostitution is a misdemeanor under Penal Code 647(b). It carries with it a penalty of up to six (6) months in jail and up to one thousand dollars ($1000) in fines. This statute applies to both the prostitutes offering sex in exchange for money as well as the person hiring the prostitute.
The California prostitution statute falls under the general category of disorderly conduct. In California, prostitution charges are proven if the DA can show that:
*A person solicited a sexual act;
*A person agreed to engage in a sexual act for money or other consideration;
*A person actually engaged in a sexual act for money or other consideration
Consideration is any form of compensation in return for the sexual act. In California prostitution is a specific intent crime, meaning that the DA must prove that the defendant actually intended the act specified.
The sexual act does not mean sexual penetration only. It can be any form of sexual contact, meaning contact with another person for sexual gratification.
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