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How Prosecutors Prove Loitering for Prostitution Cases

How do Los Angeles Prosecutors Prove Loitering for the Purpose of Prostitution Cases Under California Penal Code 653.22?

This is a common crime.  It takes place all over Los Angeles County.  The main areas though where you're going to see it is on Figueroa in Los Angeles and Sepulveda in the San Fernando Valley.

Of course, those are just the two more well-known prostitution areas.  There's also other areas throughout LA county that the police are watching.

That's one of the biggest factors as to how they're proving these PC 653.22 loitering for purposes of prostitution cases, because a lot of times people say, how do you know that I was going to be involved in prostitution?

They have excuses why they're there, they have family in the area, they're shopping, whatever the excuse may be.

High Prostitution Area

But that is one of the factors that is used in these cases.  The police indicate that the location of the arrest is a high prostitution area where they've seen and arrested people who are involved in prostitution activity.

So, that's probably factor number one on how they prove the case – showing that you're in a high prostitution area.

Gestures and Clothing

Factor number two obviously, is their observations.  What do they see you doing?  Are you just walking into a Ralph's, or are you standing on the corner waving at cars?

How Prosecutors Prove California Loitering for Prostitution Cases

So, what you're doing is one of the factors that determines whether or not they'll be able to prove the case against you.

Obviously, how you're dressed is another factor.  If someone is dressed like we would normally think a prostitute would dress, where they're wearing a skirt that's very short, flashy clothing. Another factor is:

  • what is a person doing when the police are observing them?
  • are they flagging down cars?
  • are they talking to lone single male drivers as they come by?

Or, is there some other innocent purpose that's going on.

So, if you or a loved one is charged with prostitution or loitering for the purpose of prostitution, it's crucial you get to an attorney.

Avoiding a Conviction and Jail Time

Obviously, you want to try to keep your record as clean as possible and stay out of the county jail, especially with the Coronavirus and it being 15x more likely that you will catch the virus in jail.

You also have to realize that you are perceived as a victim to a degree by the prosecutors. So, obviously, we want to try to use this to your advantage.

There's a new prosecutor in Los Angeles County taking a pretty good approach as far as a defense standpoint goes.

So, the best person to be able to utilize everything that's going on that can benefit you, is obviously, your attorney.

Criminal Defense Attorney for California Sex Crimes

I've been doing this for 27 years.  I've worked for the DA's office in 1992.

Criminal Defense Attorney for California Sex Crimes

I worked for a Superior Court judge in 1993, and I've been a criminal defense attorney defending these types of cases since 1994.

Pick up the phone.  Set up an appointment to meet with Ron Hedding.

I stand at the ready to help you.

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