Trying to Get Diversion for a Defendant in a Solicitation of Prostitution Case?
A lot of people are being arrested in the San Fernando Valley and in Los Angeles for the crime of solicitation of prostitution. Basically, what this means is they're agreeing to have some sort of sexual encounter with either an uncover police officer or a prostitute and the police are arresting them for that.
So, a lot of times they obviously don't want to sustain a conviction for that and have that on their criminal record for the rest of their life, so they're looking either to get the case dismissed if possible or get diversion.
That's what we're talking about here. How do you get diversion for a solicitation case in Los Angeles county? The way that you do that is obviously, to get a good attorney who knows how to handle these types of cases.
I've been handling these cases for 26 years in the Valley, downtown Los Angeles. I know what it takes to get that diversionary sentence.
Prior Criminal Record for Sexual Related Crimes
For many years the prosecutors refused to give any type of diversionary sentence and for morality reasons they wanted a conviction when it comes to solicitation of prostitution under California Penal Code 647(b).
Now things have softened up in that regard and prosecutors are much more likely to consider giving a criminal defendant a break, but they're going to look at whether or not that person has any type of record for solicitation in the past, any type of record for any type of sex offense in the past or any type of record at all.
If you've got a clean record, you've checked the first box in order to have a chance to get diversion when it comes to solicitation of prostitution in Los Angeles.
The next thing they're going to look at is whether you committed any crimes aside the solicitation charge. If you did, that will make it a lot less likely that you're going to get that diversion, because what diversion is, is basically you avoiding a conviction in a case.
A lot of times I've been able to get the arrest record sealed and destroyed as well. So, when somebody looks you up nothing comes up in regard to solicitation of prostitution which is crucial.
Chances of Being a Recidivist
The last thing I would say when it comes to trying to get that diversionary resolution for prostitution charges is, they're going to look at you as an overall person.
This means your family, your job, and other things like that. What type of a person are you? Is it likely you're going to be a recidivist and do this again or is this a one-time aberration that will likely never repeat itself.
These are the types of evaluations that the prosecutors and judges are doing in order to determine whether or not diversion might be appropriate for you.
Of course, you need a champion. You need somebody like me who's got the background, who has the skill, who has the knowledge, who knows how to put together a mitigation package.
You need someone to try to convince the prosecutors to let you have a diversionary resolution instead of a straight criminal conviction on your record for something that is a huge stigma and a huge problem to you and your future.
So, if you're charged with solicitation of prostitution in Los Angeles or the San Fernando Valley, pick up the phone and call the Hedding Law Firm at (213) 542-0979. Ask for a meeting with Ron Hedding. I stand at the ready to help you.